A Brazil energy official says the government plans to launch concession auctions for eight hydroelectric projects in 2009.
State-run Agencia Brasil said Secretary-Executive Marcio Zimmerman of Brazil’s Ministerio de Minas e Energia outlined the projects to be auctioned during an electric sector conference Oct. 1 in Rio de Janeiro.
Projects include the 11,182-MW Belo Monte project on the Xingu River. (HNN 8/4/08) National utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S/A (Eletrobras) performed an inventory of the Xingu River Basin in 2007 and is completing an environmental study of the giant project.
Also on the list are the 80-MW Barra do Pomba and 50-MW Cambuci projects on the Paraiba do Sul River in Rio de Janeiro State. Although attempts were made to auction the projects in 2007 and 2008, they were withheld from sale for environmental and other issues. (HNN 8/14/08)
Zimmerman said the government also plans to auction concessions to build five hydro plants on the Parnaiba River in northeastern Brazil. (HNN 1/9/08) Previously, the government had hoped to auction the plants, totaling 430 MW, by July 2008.
The official said the energy ministry also plans concession auctions in 2010 for hydro projects on the Tampajos and Teles Pires rivers.
Eletrobras submitted an inventory in September to Brazilian regulators outlining five proposed hydroelectric projects on the Tapajos and Jamanxim rivers totaling 10,682 MW. (HNN 9/26/08) The Complex of the Tapajos in northern Brazil includes 6,133-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos and 2,338-MW Jatoba on the Tapajos River, and 528-MW Cachoeira dos Patos, 802-MW Cachoeira do Cai, and 881-MW Jamanxim on the Jamanxim River.
Brazil’s electricity regulator, Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica, approved a study in 2006 of the Teles Pires River that identified the potential for developing six hydroelectric projects totaling 3,697 MW. (HNN 9/6/06) The Tele Pires sites are in Mato Grosso and Para states in Brazil’s Amazon region.