Brazil utility finds 1,000 MW of hydro potential on two rivers

Brazil utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S/A reports it found hydropower totaling 1,000 MW in an inventory of two rivers in Brazil’s Minas Gerais State.

Furnas said it worked in partnership with a private initiative to find an initial potential of 1,000 MW on the Jequitinhonha and Aracuai rivers. The work is a first step to identify the generating capacity of a hydrographic basin, Furnas said.

Brazil has been carrying out such river inventories across the country. Brazil energy regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) reported in January it approved 27 river basin inventories in 2006 that identified 15 potential hydroelectric projects and 124 potential small hydro projects totaling an estimated 6,075 MW. (HNN 1/29/07)

Among studies approved by ANEEL was another by Furnas, in conjunction with national utilities Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S/A (Eletrobras) and Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte). That survey of the Teles Pires River in Mato Grosso State identified the potential for developing six hydroelectric projects totaling 3,697 MW. (HNN 9/6/06) Furnas also found a potential of 350 MW on the Ji-Parana River in Rondonia State.

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