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Endesa, ABB centralizing control of 17 Chilean hydropower projects

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Endesa is implementing an ABB system that will allow it to monitor and control 17 hydropower plants from its headquarters in Santiago, the Chilean utility company said.

The hydroelectric projects have a cumulative output capacity of nearly 3,670 MW, and will benefit from increased efficiency and safety through centralization, according to Endesa (NYSE: EOC)

Work on the project began four years ago at the Curillinque, Loma Alta and Pehuenche projects, with Abanico, Antuco, Cipreses, El Toro, Isla, Los Molles, Ojos de Agua, Palmucho, Pangue, Ralco, Rapel, Sauzal and Sauzalito being converted by ABB now.

Endesa said the plants must all comply with grid operator CEDC-SIC's technical rules, however, before they can be operated remotely.

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