Latin America

Operation begins at Brazil’s 880-MW Campos Novos

CPFL Energia announced the first unit has begun operation at the 880-MW Campos Novos hydroelectric project on the Canoas River in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State.

CPFL, which owns 48.72 percent of the project, said utility regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica gave final approval to begin operation of the first 293.3-MW unit. It said the unit is responsible for 91 percent (average 342 MW) of the assured energy of the project.

Filling of the reservoir was completed January 31. (HNN 11/23/06) Campos Novos’ completion schedule had been disrupted by a problem of leaking in the dam and diversion tunnel. With completion of repair work, the project resumed storing water in late November.

The project’s remaining two units are to go on line through April.

Construction begins at 855-MW Foz do Chapeco

CPFL also announced construction began in December on the 855-MW Foz do Chapeco project on the Uruguai River at the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states.

Environmental regulator Instituto Brasileiro de Meio Ambiente renewed the project license in December, clearing a schedule that anticipates the 2.1 billion real (US$970 million) project will go on line in 2011. (HNN 12/15/06)

CPFL owns 51 percent of Foz do Chapeco. Other owners are federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas, and Rio Grande do Sul State utility Companhia Estadual de Energia Eletrica.