Brazil firm sees 13 small projects on line in 2008

Brazilian oil company Petrobras announced 13 small hydropower projects held by its distribution unit, Petrobras Distribuidora, are to be placed in service in 2008.

The 13 projects, totaling 288 MW, are part of Brazil PCH, a company in which Petrobras Distribuidora holds a 49 percent share. Its partners in the projects are Eletroriver S/A, Araguaia Centrais Eletricas S/A, and BSB Energetica S/A. (HNN 3/3/06)

Total investment in the plants is to be 1.2 billion reais (US$670 million).

Petrobras Distribuidora said the commissioning schedule includes:
o February: 21-MW Sao Joaquim in Espirito Santo State, and 22.5-MW Funil and 15-MW Carangola in Minas Gerais State:
o March: 19-MW Calheiros in Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro states, and 30-MW Santa Fe 1 in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro;
o May: 27-MW Sao Simao in Espirito Santo, 4.5-MW Fumaca 4 in Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais, and 19-MW Bonafante in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro;
o June: 30-MW Irara and 30-MW Jatai in Goais State;
o July: 18-MW Retiro Velho in Goais, 25-MW Monte Serrat in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro; and
o December: 27-MW Sao Pedro in Espirito Santo.

The hydro plant operators are classified as independent power producers that can sell electricity in the non-regulated market. All are qualified under the national incentive program for alternative power producers, Programa de Incentivo as Fontes Alternativas de Energia Eletrica (Proinfa).

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