Aneel gives go-ahead for full startup of Brazil’s 1.82-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has given its approval for the final three generating units at the 1.82-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant to start operating.

The announcement comes days after transmission lines linking Teles Pires to Brazil’s national grid were completed earlier this month, leaving the plant to operate “totally free”, Aneel said in a statement. reported in November that the project’s first unit had begun generating power — at which the massive project was already a year behind its anticipated startup date.

The run-of-river plant, located on the Teles Pires River on the border between Mato Grosso and Para states, has faced delays throughout its development due in large part to opposition from groups concerned its developers did not conduct obligatory studies.

The group responsible for its development includes Neoenergia (with a 50.1% share), Eletrobras-Eletrosul (24.5%), Eletrobras Furnas (24.5%) and Odebrecht (0.9%).

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