Brazil utility opens 25-MW Sao Joao, starts building 29-MW Santa Fe

Energias do Brasil S.A. (EDB) inaugurated operation of one small hydro project and launched construction of another in separate ceremonies in Brazil’s Espirito Santo State.

EDP, a unit of Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal, celebrated November 13 the completion of the 25-MW Sao Joao hydroelectric project in Castelo for an investment of 90 million reais (US$51.18 million). (HNN 10/6/06)

“With the entrance in operation of PCH Sao Joao, we extend our installed capacity to 1,043 MW, in line with our strategy of growth in generation,” EDB President Antonio Martins da Costa said.

Sao Joao supplies power to EDB distribution utility Escelsa, which serves Espirito Santo. EDB said the power contract was signed before new Brazil regulations prevented utility generation projects from selling to their own distribution systems.

EDB officials also laid the cornerstone November 13 of the 29-MW Santa Fe hydroelectric project, beginning construction in Alegre, in Espirito Santo.

EDB said it is investing 120 million reais (US$68.24 million) in Santa Fe, part of which is being financed by Brazil’s development bank, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social.

When completed in 2009, Santa Fe will increase EDB’s installed capacity to 1,072 MW.

“The low environmental impact and short term of construction of a small hydroelectric project are some of the factors that motivated the investment of the company in PCH Santa Fe,” Custodio Miguens, EDB vice president of Generation and Environment, said.

The utility is developing feasibility studies of small hydro projects that would add more than 1,500 MW to its system. (HNN 2/27/07)

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