Las Palmas reservoir poised to secure environmental permit

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Las Palmas reservoir, in central Chile's Valparaíso region (V), is set to receive its environmental permit after the regional environmental evaluation service (SEA) issued a recommendation in favor of its approval.

SEA has scheduled for Monday (Dec 5) a vote on the project's environmental impact study, which was submitted by the public works ministry (MOP) in March 2015.

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The US$75mn reservoir involves construction of a 70m-high concrete dam wall to create a 55Mm3 reservoir on the Petorca river, with the capacity to irrigate 2,381ha of land.

The project is part of MOP's US$1bn reservoir program involving five dams, four of which are expected to be tendered in 2017. Las Palmas is due to be the first of those four, public works minister Alberto Undurraga said recently.

Other reservoirs being prioritized under the concessions model include the Catemu reservoir in the Aconcagua basin and the Los Angeles reservoir in the La Ligua basin, both in Valparaíso region, while the Muralla Vieja reservoir in Combarbalá and the Las Trancas reservoir on the Cogotí river will be in Coquimbo region (IV).