Brazil’s electricity regulator has approved a study of the Teles Pires River that identified the potential for developing six hydroelectric projects totaling 3,697 MW.
Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) said August 31 that the inventory of the Teles Pires, in the Tapajos River Basin, is the largest such inventory it has ratified since a 2002 study of the Madeira River with 7,840 MW. Subsequent studies have firmed up the Madeira River sites in Brazil as 3,580-MW Santo Antonio and 3,900-MW Jirau. (HNN 6/1/06)
The Tele Pires sites are in Mato Grosso and Para states in Brazil’s Amazon region. Their study was coordinated by national utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S/A (Eletrobras) in conjunction with utilities Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte) and Furnas Centrais Eletricas S/A.
The Brazilian energy research agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) is responsible for developing plans to exploit the sites. ANEEL said EPE would conduct feasibility studies of the sites in accordance with direction of its parent energy agency, Ministerio de Minas e Energia.
ANEEL said the Teles Pires inventory was the 13th hydroelectric inventory it has ratified since July for a total of 5,518 MW. It said another 60 inventories are in analysis for approval. The agency has approved a total of 385 such studies totaling a potential of 50,100 MW since 1998.
For other information, contact Ministerio de Minas e Energia, Esplanada dos Ministerios, Bloco U, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil; (55) 61-33195555; Fax: (55) 61-33215628; Internet: www.mme.gov.br.