Brazil’s Foz do Chapeco hydro plant launches commercial operations of second unit

Brazil’s 855-MW Foz do Chapeco hydropower plant has launched commercial operations at its second generating unit, a spokesperson for federal power company Eletrobras Furnas told wire services.

Commercial operation was authorized by electric power regulator Aneel, following successful test results, the spokesperson told Business News Americas.

The Foz do Chapeco hydro plant has four units. The first began commercial operation in October.

The plant is 51 percent owned by utility group CPFL Energia and sits on the border of southern states Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Furnas holds a 40 percent stake in the plant, and local power company CEEE holds the remaining 9 percent, reports indicate.

Earlier in 2010, Alstom successfully delivered the last of four turbine runners produced for the Foz do Chapeco hydro project.

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