El Paso is a 60MW hydro power project. It is located on Las Damas river/basin in Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2011 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2016.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 60 60 Active Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile HydroChile


The project is developed and owned by HydroChile.

El Paso is a run-of-river project. The gross head and net head of the project are 474.5m and 456m respectively. The penstock length is 5,100m. The penstock diameter is 1.8m. The project generated 252.6 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $135m.

The project has 3 electric generators installed at the site.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2011 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2016.

Contractors Involved

China National Electric Engineering was selected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.

Zhejiang Jinlun Electromechanic was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 3 units of pelton turbines, each with 20MW nameplate capacity.

About HydroChile

HydroChile S.A. has been established to develop and operate (10-50 MW) “run of river” hydro electric power generation projects in Chile, typically in the capacity range of 10 to 50 MW. It engaged to develop a number of hydro power assets in the medium term


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