Brazil offers studies of 3,900-MW Jirau, 3,580-MW Santo Antonio

Brazilian regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) has issued technical and environmental feasibility studies for two proposed hydroelectric projects on the Madeira River that are to be auctioned to developers by mid-2006.

The Rio Madeira projects, to be built in Brazil’s northwestern Rondonia State, are 3,900-MW Jirau and 3,580-MW Santo Antonio. Brazilian officials previously said they hope to hold a concession auction in May for the projects, plus four other projects totaling 773 MW that did not receive environmental approvals in time for an auction in December.

“Santo Antonio and Jirau will represent investments of US$8 billion to US$9 billion,” President Guido Mantega of Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) said February 16.

Mantega said environmental licenses for the projects should be approved in March or April and that the first project should reach full capacity in 2013 to 2014.

Concession seen in 2007 for 11,182-MW Belo Monte

Mantega said a concession for the controversial 11,182-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project is expected to be offered for bids in 2007. Brazil’s Supreme Court issued a statement in December authorizing the government to start feasibility and environmental impact studies of Belo Monte, proposed on the Xingu River in Para State.

“Belo Monte has been redimensioned so as not to impact the environment,” Mantega said.

ANEEL said the technical and environmental feasibility studies for Jirau and Santo Antonio may be examined at ANEEL offices at the address below or may be obtained on CD-Rom.

The studies may be examined at Secretaria de Licitacoes da ANEEL, SCAN Quadra 603, Modulo J, 2 Andar, Ala Oeste, Sala 206, Brasilia DF Brasil. Electronic copies may be obtained on CD-Rom by contacting ANEEL at (55) 61-21928743.

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