Federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A. plans to issue a solicitation for partners to build six small hydroelectric projects in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro State.
Business News Americas reported Furnas plans to launch a solicitation in May for companies interested in teaming to build the projects, which are expected to total 80 MW.
�We will receive offers from companies with projects and also accept other partners for small hydro projects we own in the state,� Furnas engineering director Mario Marcio Rogar said.
Rogar said the projects are to sell power into the non-regulated electricity market.
For information, contact Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A., Rua Real Grandeza No. 219, Bloco A, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; (55) 21-25283122; Fax: (55) 21-25284378; E-mail: email@example.com; Internet: www.furnas.com.br.
Furnas, Brazil bank sign financing for 333.7-MW Simplicio
Furnas President Luiz Pablo Conde and President Luciano Coutinho of Brazil’s national development bank, signed an agreement March 27 for financing of 1.034 billion reais (US$593.8 million) for the 333.7-MW Simplicio hydroelectric project on Brazil’s Paraiba do Sul River.
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) is providing 62 percent of the total project investment of 1.6 billion reais (US$918.9 million) under the agreement, announced late last year. (HNN 11/19/07)
Furnas holds an installation license to build the project in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais states. The project includes a dam on the Paraiba do Sul at Tapir, where the 28-MW Tapir small hydro project will be built that will divert water through 10 kilometers of tunnels and canals to the Simplicio powerhouse. The project also includes a 120-kilometer transmission line enabling sale of power to the regulated market.
Furnas said the project will create 4,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect ones. Additionally, 264 million reais (US$151.6 million) of the project investment is to go to socio-environmental benefits.
Civil works are to be built by Norberto Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez. Argentina’s Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona S.A. (IMPSA) received a contract to equip the project.