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Energy and water of the Pacific (ENAPAC)

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Early Works
Current Stage: Awaiting construction decision
Start: 09/2018
Completion: 03/2019
In Construction
Under Construction
Start: 03/2019
Completion: 12/2021
Operation
In operation
Start:12/2021
Project Details

Description

Energy and Water of the Pacific is a project designed to address the scarcity of water that affects industries in the Atacama Desert of Chile. It is billed as a sustainable project that combines solar energy and a consistent water supply obtained via desalinization. The project consists of the construction of water storage reservoirs, a plant to desalinize seawater along the coast, a solar photovoltaic energy plant and an underground aqueduct to transport the water to the reservoir. The solar energy produced will provide energy to the desalination plant and also to the Copayapu power station. The water storage reservoirs will be located near the city of Copiapó where mining companies can load water tanker trucks.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Energy and water of the Pacific (ENAPAC)
Project Type
Desalination plant, Water pipelines
Development Phase
Awaiting construction decision
Project Status
Active
Project Capacity
2,600  l/s (Liters per Second)  Desalination plant
68,000  m (Meters)  Water pipelines
Investment
US$ 500mn
Completion Date
2021
Lifespan
30
Location

The desalination plant will be built to the south of the town of Puerto Viejo, on the coast of Atacama region, while the storage pools will be located near the city of Copiapó.

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