Chile’s Supreme Court has authorized the construction of the Cuervo hydropower project, which will be operated by joint venture Energia Austral and is expected to produce 640 MW. 

The court rejected an appeal from the Environment Attorney promoted by geological agency Sernageomin, which warned of the risks linked to a project that will be located in the Aysen region, an area known for its volcanic activity.

Energia Austral, a joint venture of Glencore Xstrata and Origin Energy, is reportedly considering building an undersea line to connect the plant to Chile’s main energy consumption centres.