Quilleco is a run-of-river plant located in the south of Chile, Biobío Region, 35 km east of the city of Los Angeles. The project is developed and operated by Colbún S.A., has an installed capacity of 70 MW which is injected into the Central Interconnected System (SIC), and allows to supply the energy needed to power 210,000 homes. The plant uses the Laja River flows for power generation, avoiding this way the use of fossil fuels and the construction of a large reservoir.
The plant was certified World Comission of Dams (WCD) given the high standards used during its planning and construction, ensuring environmental protection and an active relationship with the surrounding communities. It also has the ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007, which guarantee a sustainable operation and the health and safety of its employees.
Due to the use of clean and renewable sources, Quilleco has generated so far a reduction of 178 thousand tons of CO<sub>2</sub>e, which have been certified under VCS | Verified Carbon Standard, along with providing clean energy to national electricity supply system.
In social terms, Quilleco has had a partnership work with the authority of the region. By developing workshops and training programs to improve the management of local projects, along wih generating more than 580 jobs to locals during the construction process, the plant has contributed to local development and improving the quality living in three communities: Quilleco, Antuco and Tucapel.