Brazil power auction to include three hydros

Three new hydropower projects are expected to be among power plants selling electricity in a August 28 power auction to be administered by Brazil electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL).

ANEEL said it qualified the 350.2-MW Baixo Iguacu project on the Iguacu River in Parana State and the 80-MW Barra do Pomba and 50-MW Cambuci, both on the Paraiba do Sul River in Rio de Janeiro State. All three had been cleared to sell power in a 2007 auction, but were withheld for environmental clearance and other problems. (HNN 1/19/07)

The regulator announced July 18 that a new feasibility study on Baixo Iguacu now is available at ANEEL headquarters. It said the new study is a result of adjustments in the process of environmental licensing for the plant. (HNN 1/29/07)

The power auction, labeled A-5 by ANEEL, is to include purchasing of power by distribution utilities from new projects on the national integrated transmission system, from enlargements of existing plants, and from energy importers. Power is to be delivered beginning in January 2013. Power contracts are to be for 30 years for hydro projects and for 15 years for other generating technologies.

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