Engie to end coal firing in Chile, pivoting to renewables
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Combustion Industry News Editor
French power utility Engie is to end coal firing in Chile by 2025, instead deploying a further 2GW of renewable capacity in the country. Three coal-fired units totalling 700MW of capacity will be converted to fire gas and biomass, while a further four units totalling 800MW will be closed. The move further extends Engie’s retreat from coal and transition to lower-carbon forms of power, assisted in the Chilean case by some of the world’s best conditions for the production of renewable energy. The company has a goal in Chile of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions from energy production activities by 80% by 2026, and the announced closures and conversions will play a large role in the meeting that target. Engie is also pursuing three green hydrogen projects in Chile, two related to cranes and trucks, and one for the development of green ammonia.