Brazil to auction hydropower plant concession rights totaling nearly 3 GW of cumulative capacity

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy will auction concession rights for five hydropower projects later this year.

The plants will be split into three lots, with the first including the 1.7-GW Sao Simao; the second including the 424-MW Jaguara, 408-MW Miranda and 380-MW Volta Grande; and the 14-MW Agro Trao in the third.

The auction for 30-year concessions is set to take place September 30.

The operating licenses for Sao Simao, Jaguara, Miranda and Volta Grande had been held by Cemig, but have been parts of legal battles being fought since the utility refused to agree with controversial energy sector reforms enacted by former president Dilma Rouseff. reported in June 2013 that Brazil’s Supreme Court had granted an injunction to Cemig to allow it to maintain control of Jaguara, which was challenged in June 2015 before counrts yet again gave Cemig control of Jaguara via a temporary concession in December of the same year. A similar injunction was granted to Cemig for Miranda in December.

Cemig said it will file another appeal before the auction.

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