Rapel is a 377MW hydro power project. It is located on Rapel river/basin in Santiago Metropolitan, Chile. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. Post completion of construction, the project got commissioned in 1968.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 377 377 Active Santiago Metropolitan, Chile Enel Generacion Chile


The project is developed and owned by Enel Generacion Chile. The company has a stake of 100%.

Rapel is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 700 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 76m. The project generated 1,400 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project got commissioned in 1968.

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Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Sistema Interconectado Central under a power purchase agreement.

Contractors Involved

Hitachi Mitsubishi Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 75MW nameplate capacity.

Hitachi Mitsubishi Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 1 unit of francis turbine with 77MW nameplate capacity.

Hitachi Mitsubishi Hydro supplied 1 electric generator for the project. The generator capacity is 85 MVA.

Hitachi Mitsubishi Hydro supplied 4 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 85.5 MVA.

About Enel Generacion Chile

Enel Generacion Chile SA (Enel Generacion), formerly Empresa Nacional de Electricidad SA, is a power utility.The company is a subsidiary of Enel Chile SA. It generates, distributes and sells electricity, exports natural gas, and provides various energy related products and services. The company produces electricity using hydro, gas, fuel oil, wind and coal sources. Enel Generacion has generation facilities along the central interconnected system and north interconnected electricity system. It sells electricity to regulated electricity distribution companies, unregulated industrial firms in the mining, pulp and steel sectors and spot market in the country. Enel Generacion is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


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