Chile suspends Endesa's planned $1.4bn thermal power project

Spanish utility Endesa’s latest thermoelectric project in Chile has been suspended by a local environmental commission, reports Reuters.

The energy firm has confirmed it would appeal to the government over the decision to reject the environmental impact study of the $1.4bn, 740 MW Punta Alcalde.

The rejection represents the latest blow to a mega project in power-starved Chile, media commentators have said.

Conventional power projects and hydroelectric dams are increasingly facing fierce opposition from environmental groups in Chile.

The two coal fired 370 MW units were planned by Endesa for Chile's Atacama region and the hydroelectric dams in the southern Patagonian region.

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