Chile power sector watch

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Friday, November 10, 2017

An environmental court in Chile threw out a claim filed by Agrícola Ancali against a resolution from southern Biobío region's (VIII) environmental evaluation service (SEA).

The SEA had declared inadmissible a request presented by the company to begin a process to invalidate the environmental qualification resolution that approved 109MW hydroelectric project Frontera.

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"The invalidation request had been declared inadmissible by SEA VIII, on the grounds among other arguments that it had been presented late," the Valdivia court of the country's third environmental tribunal said in a statement.

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Grid coordinator Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CEN) announced the "successful" test of what it brands as the first in Latin America, and the second in the world, of a pilot to evaluate the capacity of a PV solar plant to provide complementary services such as the control of frequency, tension and service recovery.

First Solar is behind the initiative and the testing was carried out by research center Engie Laborelec using the 141MW Luz del Norte park.

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CEN also released its 2017-18 snowmelt forecast that studied the Aconcagua, Colorado, Rapel, Tinguiririca, Maule, Laja and Biobío rivers, home to the country's principal hydropower plants.

Flow during the snowmelt period should be compatible with a dry year for the basins north of the Maule river and with characteristics close to normal-dry for the Biobío and Laja basins.

The coordinator added that, according to this forecast, this year will be the eight consecutive dry year and the 10th most driest.

SOURCE: CEN