DGA files appeal over US$1mn HidroAysén fine

Monday, November 21, 2011

Chilean general water authority DGA has filed an appeal on the US$1mn fine recommended by the economic unit of the country's district attorney's office (FNE).

FNE made the recommendation before antitrust tribunal TDLC after finding that DGA failed to disclose all pertinent information regarding water rights on the Baker and Pascua rivers for the 2.75GW HidroAysén hydroelectric project in southern region XI.

FNE detected "severe irregularities" when comparing DGA's information with that provided by local generators Endesa Chile and Colbún, the JV behind the dam project, FNE head Felipe Irarrázabal told a congressional hearing.

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In its appeal, DGA asked TDLC to lift the fine, saying that it did in fact provide the requested information, a press release from DGA reads.

The water authority is in the process of implementing a new information system regarding water issues, which aims to improve the quality and quantity of information available. The system is scheduled to go online in 2012, DGA said.