Brazil again delays power auctions

Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry announced July 2 it is again delaying its major power auctions.

The ministry said one auction, with a power delivery date of 2010, has been delayed to July 26 from July 10. A second auction, with a power delivery date of 2012, originally planned for same day, was delayed indefinitely.

The ministry’s notification gave no explanation. However, the auctions previously were delayed from May and June dates to give the federal energy research agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), more time to analyze documentation submitted by projects enrolled in the auctions. (HNN 6/20/07)

EPE had qualified 106 projects totaling 16,022 MW to sell power in the auctions. Seventeen hydroelectric projects had qualified to sell a total of 2,682 MW in 2010 or in both 2010 and 2012. Another eight hydro plants qualified to sell 345.12 MW in 2012 alone.

Major hydro plants qualified for the auction included 1,087-MW Estreito on the Tocantins River in Maranhao and Para states (HNN 6/5/07), 855-MW Foz do Chapeco on the Uruguai River in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states (HNN 2/12/07), 180-MW Funil on the Grande River in Minas Gerais State (HNN 2/22/06), 108-MW Salto on the Verde River in Goias State, 212.58-MW Serra do Facao on the San Marcos River in Goias (HNN 2/19/07), and 198-MW Mascarenhas on the Doce River in Espirito Santo State (HNN 10/6/06).

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