Concessions signed for seven Brazil projects

Brazilian officials and developers have signed concession contracts for development of seven hydroelectric projects awarded in a concession auction in December 2005.

Mines and Energy Minister Silas Rondeau took part in the signing ceremony for the seven build-and-operate projects, which total nearly 800 MW and represent total planned investment of US$1.4 billion. The projects are to go on line by 2010.

Hydropower concessions signed, and their developers, are:
o 140-MW Baguari; Doce River; Minas Gerais State; a consortium of Iberdrola of Spain, Minas Gerais State utility Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig), and Furnas, a utility unit of federal power giant Eletrobras;
o 72-MW Foz do Rio Claro; Claro River; Goias State; Alusa transmission operator and construction company;
o 51-MW Sao Jose; Ijui River; Rio Grande do Sul State; Alusa;
o 77-MW Passo Sao Joao; Ijui River; Rio Grande do Sul; Centrais Eletricas do Sul do Brasil (Eletrosul);
o 323.7-MW Simplicio; Paraiba do Sul River; Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro states; Furnas;
o 52.5-MW Paulistas; Sao Marcos River; Goias and Minas Gerais; Furnas; and
o 82-MW Retiro Baixo; Paraopeba River; Minas Gerais; Orteng equipment company.

Concessions offered for five hydro projects in October

Electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) said five hydro projects totaling more than 825 MW are to be among the offerings in Brazil’s next public auction of electricity and concessions on October 10. (HNN 7/18/06)

Projects include: 80-MW Barra do Pomba and 50-MW Cambuci, both on Paraiba do Sul River, Rio de Janeiro State; 261-MW Dardanelos, Aripuana River, Mato Grosso State; 382-MW Maua, Tibaji River, Parana State; and 53.3-MW Salto Grande; Chopim River, Parana State.

ANEEL said a draft of the invitation to bid is on its Internet site, www.aneel.gov.br, under Licitacoes/Editais de Geracao. A proclamation is to be published in September for the Internet-based auction, for plants that would come on line starting in 2011.

Another auction in June attracted US$1.4 billion in investments to build 18 new power plants, including seven small hydroelectric projects and 11 thermal plants totaling 598 MW.

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