Codelco has issued an international tender call for construction and operation of a mini hydro plant to be installed in the tailings dam at El Teniente mine in central O’Higgins region (VI).
The project, seen as part of a non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) drive, is the first of its kind in the world, and Codelco has been researching it since 2008. The project will be gravity-fed from the flow of the tailings dam that exits El Teniente’s facilities.
El Teniente’s tailings are comprised of 50% water and 50% liquid, non-toxic industrial waste. Water flowing to the dam has a minimum of 1.4m3/s. The energy generated will be injected into the central SIC grid, the company said in a release.
The project has an estimated maximum potential capacity of 3MW.
The tender is open to local and foreign companies and groups experienced in similar projects. For more details, Codelco has published additional information (in Spanish) on the tender.
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