Standoff Stalls Chilean Power Line That Has Just Miles to Go

Nov. 29, 2018, 6:47 PM

Delays to the construction of a critical section of transmission line in northern Chile could create headaches for new renewables projects and push up power prices.

Interchile SA, a subsidiary of Colombian grid operator Interconexion Electrica SA ESP (ISA), is investing $1 billion to build the 785-kilometer Cardones-Polpaico electric transmission line, which will move power from Chile’s sun-drenched north to Santiago’s populated areas.

But inhabitants of Olmue, a small valley 90 kilometers (about 55 miles) northwest of Santiago, fear that the line will ruin the views from Cerro La ...

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