Hydro equipment supplier IMPSA announced the commissioning June 27 of the 119-MW Fundao hydroelectric project, the second plant in the 244-MW Fundao-Santa Clara hydro complex on the Jordao River in Brazil's Parana State.
Brazil's second auction of electricity and power plant concessions 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.
Energias do Brasil S.A. (EDB) has begun commercial operation of the first unit of the 452-MW Peixe Angical hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tocantins River.
Protesters forced temporary closure of the banks in Altamira in June in a demonstration of support for development of the 11,182-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project.
Brazil's Empresa Baiana de Aguas e Saneamento (EMBASA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to design the Catole Dam in Bahia State. Responses are due June 30.
Power company AES Gener and water utility Aguas Andinas submitted plans to Chilean regulators in June for the 530-MW Alto Maipo hydroelectric project in the Maipo River Basin.
Canadian engineer and construction firm Dessau-Soprin has won a US$70 million design and engineering contract for the 60-MW Rucatayo hydroelectric project in southern Chile.
Endesa Chile has awarded contracts to six academic institutions to conduct technical and scientific investigations of southern Chile's Aysen Region where the utility plans to develop four or five hydroelectric projects totaling 2,355 MW.
Brazil's Ministerio de Minas e Energia (MME) seeks expressions of interest by July 3 from consultants to help update information for its Hydroelectrical Inventory Manual of Hydrographic Basins.
Energy Secretary Fernando Canales says government utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) is studying 509 hydroelectric projects that could add as much as 40,000 MW to Mexico's renewable energy sources.