HidroAysén transmission line route announced

Posted by on December 7, 2011  Tagged with:
Dec 072011

The Santiago Times reports, “On Monday, executives from Endesa and Colbún, the energy companies behind the controversial HidroAysén hydroelectric project slated for Patagonia, presented their proposed route for power lines to transfer electricity from five dams in southern Chile north to the central Metropolitan Region.”

“The proposed route would run more than 1900 kilometres and would pass through around 800 private estates, requiring direct negotiations between HidroAysén and individual property owners. …In order to assuage concerns, Endesa and Colbún have designed the plan with 80 percent of power lines hidden either by camouflage or by running them behind mountains so that they’re not visible from roadways and inhabited areas. …The first stage of the power line route — a 660-kilometre stretch from Cochrane to Puerto Montt — will include 1,500 to 1,700 pylons, as well as 160 kilometres of underwater cable. …Still, the companies have confirmed that the proposed route will require them to raze almost 250 acres of forest and to prune almost 1,500 additional acres in order to construct the lines. …(And) the proposed route will will traverse the Carretera Austral (a 1200-kilometre highway that runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins through rural Patagonia).”

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