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Cerro Dominador PV-plus-CSP project restarts in Chile

Image of the construction of the solarthermal plant of Cerro Dominador. Source: Abengoa (www.abengoa.com)

August 7 (Renewables Now) - A ceremony to restart work on the 210-MW Cerro Dominador combined concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) project in Chile was held last week.

The event, which was attended by energy minister Susana Jimenez, marked the start of the last stage of construction of the USD 1.4-billion (EUR 1.2bn) power plant.

The 100-MW photovoltaic (PV) portion has been in commercial operation since February 2018 and last month it was announced that a consortium of Spanish groups Abengoa SA (BME:ABG) and Acciona SA (BME:ANA) had signed the contract to complete the construction of the 110-MW CSP section. The project, developed by Abengoa, had been delayed due to the Spanish group's financial problems.

The plant, located in the commune of Maria Elena, Antofagasta region, is currently owned by funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners.

Chile's energy ministry noted in a statement that Cerro Dominador's 220-metre (721.8 ft) tower will be the second highest building in the country after the Costanera Centre.  

The project is expected to start operations in 2020, becoming the first CSP plant in Latin America.  

(USD 1 = EUR 0.863) 

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