Endesa to appeal decision against 740 MW power project

The Chilean unit of Spanish firm Endesa has said it will appeal a Santiago court’s rejection of its proposed 740 megawatt Punta Alcalde coal-fired power plant project, reports Reuters.

In late 2012, a Chilean ministerial group lifted a suspension on the $1.4 billion project after the Atacama Environmental Commission had blocked the development earlier the same year. However, a local appeals court has since voided that decision, ordering the ministerial group to reconvene and hear arguments against Punta Alcalde over environmental concerns.

The ministerial group has announced it will also appeal the local court’s latest ruling. The matter will now go before Chile’s Supreme Court.

According to the article, Punta Alcalde is slated for development in Chile's Atacama region and would meet over 10 percent of the current electricity demand on Chile's largest power grid, the central SIC.

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