Brazil utility studies two projects totaling 1,200 MW

The president of CPFL Energia says the Brazil generator is performing feasibility studies of two hydroelectric projects in southern Brazil totaling 1,200 MW.

Business News Americas reported CPFL President Wilson Ferreira Jr. told reporters about the projects but did not disclose details or precise locations.

Ferreira said CPFL is following the example of construction firm Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, which performed studies of the 3,150-MW Santo Antonio hydroelectric project on Brazil’s Madeira River. Industry experts said Odebrecht had an advantage in bidding for the Santo Antonio concession because its prior studies gave it a better knowledge of the project area. (HNN 12/10/07)

CPFL is to submit the completed feasibility studies to power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica. If CPFL loses the concession auctions for the projects, it would be refunded the cost of the studies.

Ferreira said the company also plans to build four small hydro projects totaling 76 MW over the next 30 months.

�We recently studied 70 mini-hydro projects all over Brazil,� the official said. �Out of these 70, we came to the conclusion four are feasible in the short run and six others in the mid- and long term.�

The four projects are to require an investment of 285 million reais (US$175 million). CPFL expects to secure installation licenses for the projects in late 2008 or early 2009.

CPFL also reported it brought on line the third turbine-generator of the 130-MW Castro Alves hydroelectric project on the Antas River in Rio Grande do Sul State. (HNN 11/15/06) Ferreira said the final unit had a capacity of 43.3 MW.

The official said the project came on line two months late due to transmission system problems.

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