Brazil president inaugurates new plant at 8,370-MW Tucurui

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula at Silva inaugurated the second powerhouse of the 8,370-MW Tucurui hydroelectric project November 4 in Brazil’s Para State.

Completed in 2007, Tucurui’s second powerhouse contains 11 generating units of 375 MW each. It joins the first powerhouse, holding 12 350-MW units and two 22.5-MW units on the Toncantins River. (HNN 5/28/07)

Operating utility Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Eletronorte) said the investment in the second powerhouse totaled 3.7 billion reais (US$1.6 billion). Eletronorte said Tucurui consolidates the utility as the third largest power generator in Brazil, representing 10 percent of Brazil’s installed capacity.

The multipurpose project includes navigation locks that are expected to be completed in June 2010.

President Jose Antonio Muniz of national utility holding company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S/A (Eletrobras) said Tucurui signifies the end of a cycle of large hydroelectric reservoirs in Brazil’s Amazon region. However, Chief Cabinet Minister Dilma Rousseff said it represents environmentally friendly development.

�Tucurui represents a path for new hydroelectric investments, with great respect for the environment,� Rousseff said.

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