Brazil’s 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant generates first power


The first unit at Brazil’s 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant is now generating power, marking a significant milestone for a project that has fallen nearly a year behind its anticipated startup date.

According to a statement from the Brazilian Ministry of Energy and Mines, technical tests of the 364 MW unit led to approval for its operation earlier this week.

The run-of-river plant, located on the Teles Pires River on the border between Mato Grosso and Para states, has faced delays throughout its development due in large part to opposition from groups concerned its developers did not conduct obligatory studies.

The transmission line linking Teles Pires to Brazil’s national grid is expected to be completed next month.

The group responsible for its development includes Neoenergia (with a 50.1% share), Eletrobras-Eletrosul (24.5%), Eletrobras Furnas (24.5%) and Odebrecht (0.9%).

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