CEMIG brings first unit of 360-MW Irape on line

Brazilian utility Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG) has brought on line the first 120-MW unit of the 360-MW Irape hydroelectric project on the Jequitinhonha River.

CEMIG, which started the first unit July 20, expects to commission the remaining two units by the end of August at the site near the mining cities of Berilo and Grao Mogol.

Brazilian regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) said Irape brings to seven the number of hydro projects commissioned in Brazil this year, totaling 1,228.83 MW. The agency said another nine are expected to go on line by the end of the year, totaling 2,560.7 MW.

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