Brazil utility authorized to study ten hydro projects

Utility regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) has authorized Energias do Brasil (EDB) to conduct feasibility studies of ten Brazilian hydroelectric projects totaling 330.5 MW.

EDB, a unit of Energias de Portugal, said ANEEL granted authorization February 23 for technical and economic feasibility studies of three projects in Minas Gerais State totaling 184.5 MW. The other seven authorized studies are for seven maximum-30-MW small hydro projects — pequenas centrais hidreletricas (PCH) — in Minas Gerais, Goias, Espirito Santo, and Mato Grosso do Sul states, totaling 146 MW.

If the studies, once completed, are approved by ANEEL, the three larger projects would be offered in concession auctions, in which EDB would be expected to compete. However, rules governing PCH projects allow developers to negotiate directly with ANEEL, eliminating the public tendering format. (HNN 1/29/07)

EDB joins Eletronorte to study 160-MW Novo Acordo, 75-MW Brejao

EDB said it began feasibility studies in January of two other hydro projects with utility Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte). The projects, 160-MW Novo Acordo and 75-MW Brejao, would be built on the Sono River in Tocantins State.

To be completed in 18 months, those studies also would be submitted to ANEEL for approval and eventual inclusion in concession auctions.

EDB’s vice president of finance and investor relations, Antonio Jose Sellare, said the studies are to verify the technical and financial viability of the projects. He said they also would make EDB sufficiently familiar with Novo Acordo and Brejao to facilitate the utility’s participation in their eventual concession auctions.

In November, EDB formally inaugurated another hydro project in Tocantins, 452-MW Peixe Angical on the Tocantins River. (HNN 11/29/06)

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