Aneel clears turbine unit for commercial operation at Brazil’s 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project

Brazil’s Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has approved the commercial operation of a new turbine unit at the 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project.

The 75 MW unit is one of 50 units to be housed in the Jirau powerhouse, which is located on the Madeira River in Brazil’s western Rondonia state. Aneel reported that it has also cleared a second turbine for testing. reported Jirau’s first turbine units went into commercial operation in September of this past year. The project has the distinction of being the largest renewable plant recognized by the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Clean Development Mechanism.

Jirau and its sister plant, the 3,568-MW Santo Antonio, are part of Brazil’s 6.6-GW Rio Madeira complex. Jirau operator GDF Suez SA and Santo Antonio operators Eletrobras and Cemig were ordered to redo environmental impact studies for the plants in March on the basis that the projects’ dams might be causing flooding.

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