Via its subsidiary GDF SUEZ Energy International, the Group operates in Chile through E-CL, which has a strong presence in the power grid serving the north of Chile, where it holds a 50% share of the market. ENGIE owns 63% of the GNL de Mejillones LNG terminal and regasification facility. At the end of 2009, ENGIE completed construction work on the 48 MW Monte Redondo wind park. The construction of a transmission line to link Chile’s northern and central power grids in 2017 is a project of prime importance to the Group.

E-CL has constructed two 150 MW thermoelectric power plants in the commune of Mejillones – Central Termoeléctrica Andina S.A. (CTA) and Inversiones Hornitos S.A. (CTH) – as well as the 34 MW Laja I hydropower plant.

Growth in renewables

In 2011, Group subsidiary E-CL embarked on a program to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

  • In the northern Chilean commune of Mejillones, E-CL is working alongside the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago as part of a consortium developing the fuel of the future: a biofuel produced from microalgae. As well as being a high-output source of clean energy, microalgae also feed on CO2, which makes them a powerful future solution for recycling the CO2 produced by power plants.
  • Generating hydropower in the world’s most arid desert… Really? It’s a challenge in which E-CL has succeeded with its Chaquipiña plant, which generates power from rainwater and meltwater collected from the surrounding mountains.


  • As a member of another consortium – this time involving the University of Antofagasta – E-CL is also involved in the Desert Bio Energy research project to develop derivative products for improving the efficiency of biofuel production processes.

Gas activities

  • Liquefied natural gas storage

ENGIE is strengthening its position in Chile with the construction of an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) onshore storage facility at Mejillones. This facility forms part of the Mejillones offshore LNG terminal owned jointly by ENGIE and CODELCO, the world’s leading producer of copper. The investment is part of the group’s long-term strategy for Chile.

  •  Natural gas distribution

Solgas is the wholly-owned ENGIE subsidiary responsible for distributing natural gas to industrial users in northern Chile. Solgas has consolidated a strategic alliance with the leading supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in order to develop the 'LNG by truck' market. The two companies are currently researching technical solutions for the construction of regasification plants.

Energy services

ENGIE subsidiary Tractebel Engineering has been operating in Chile since 2009, offering a great deal of expertise in engineering services, from energy generation to transmission. In order to secure ISO certification of its activities in Chile, Tractebel Engineering has begun work on implementing the QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) system in all its operating locations.

In 2011, ENGIE acquired Térmika, one of Chile's leading heating ventilation and air conditioning operators. To boost energy efficiency, Cofely Térmika helps consumers analyze their energy systems, from the design stage right through to installation and maintenance.

Visit of Isabelle Kocher in Mejillones, Chile