The Chile Quilleco Hydroelectric Project aims to provide financial support through a market-based mechanism for private investment in projects in the Chilean power sector that reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The Quilleco project consists of a 70 MW run-of-river hydropower plant, located on the Laja River, 8 km downstream of the existing Rucue hydropower plant. The project will generate in average about 422 GWh per year, with a power capacity of approximately 47 MW. The project will feed into the Central Interconnected System through a 0.5 km 220 kV transmission line connected to the Central Interconnected System.
The project provides local environmental benefits by contributing clean energy to the Central Interconnected System of Chile. In socio-economic terms the project allows Chile’s 8th Region to exploit its significant economic potential with the addition of a total of 579 local jobs created during its construction phase, positively impacting the surrounding communities of Antuco, Quilleco, Tucapel, Los Angeles and Huepil, which have a high level of rural population, poverty and unemployment compared to national average. There is also enhanced economic activity during the construction period and during the project’s lifetime.
¹Project descriptions are current as of project inception.