IGA highlights geothermal opportunity in Chile

This week, the IGA Board of Directors met in Santiago/ Chile for its annual spring Board Meeting.

Hosted by the Andean Geothermal Center of Excellence at the University of Chile, the meeting was focused on continuing discussions on the future of IGA, its role in and for the global geothermal energy community and how IGA can represent and help push geothermal development worldwide. Following the 2-days meetings, which included also the Annual General Meeting of IGA, the participants had the great opportunity to visit Chile’s and South America’s first geothermal power plant. The 48 MW Cerro Pabellon geothermal plant is located at an altitude of 4,500 m in the Atacama Desert in the North of Chile. This field trip was made possible by Enel Green Power and ENAP, who developed the project together.  We would like to extend our gratitude to IGA Board Member Diego Morata of the University of Chile and Guido Capetti of Enel Green Power and former IGA President for hosting us during the last few days. 

Yesterday, at a Geothermal Workshop by Chile’s Association for Renewable Energy, IGA Board member Kristin Vala Mattiasdóttir of Iceland and IGA President Alexander Richter presented on the geothermal opportunity for Chile.

In her presentation, Kristin Vala highlighted the great opportunities in additional businesses attached to geothermal power generation based on the example of the Geothermal Resources Park of her company in Iceland. 

On the situation on global geothermal energy market, Alexander Richter presented the view on what opportunities geothermal energy provides in the world and in particular Latin America. Following the presentation a lively discussion shared thoughts on what holds back development in Chile and how important political will is to push development forward.

Following the event, Alexander gave an interview to a newspaper in Santiago/ Chile, which was published today.