Cerro Pabellón: the team that conquered the desert

Published on Friday, 7 April 2017

“The machines are specifically designed to withstand conditions that are like none other in the world – space agencies test their vehicles for exploring Mars in this corner of Chile.”

Humans, however, need time to discover the secrets of living with a context that can prove hostile on more than one occasion.

None of the more than 1,000 people working at the Cerro Pabellón geothermal project was able to avoid this confrontation with nature – a nature from which humans can only emerge victorious by listening, understanding and respecting the environment around them.

A Family at Work

“It might seem banal, but this team is really like a family. There may be disagreements sometimes, but each of us is aware of the importance of every other colleague. We worked day and night to make this shared dream a reality. And we did it”, says Villani.


“The first geothermal plant in Latin America is the result of a perfect mix between vision, innovation and technology. But without the people who worked at Cerro Pabellón every day, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

“From my team I have to thank Giuseppe Esposto, the youngest Commissioning Manager for Enel Green Power worldwide, 28 years old but with lots of experience behind him, and the fantastic Senior Commissioning Manager Gianluca Mancini. Without their enormous contribution to the project, the commissioning of Cerro Pabellón would not have reached the same results”.

The Cerro Pabellón project also has a feminine side. Like in more and more areas in Enel Green Power, the team working in the Atacama Desert can count on Marianna Zeppieri, Project Engineer and the only woman employed on the Chilean geothermal project.

After months of working side by side, Simone Villani has no doubts: “Her contribution was fundamental and she brought significant added value. Marianna has proven to be a crucial element and also managed to put up with us for all this time!”.