Brazil water, electric agencies cooperate on hydro studies

Brazil’s water and electricity regulatory agencies have developed an agreement on technical and scientific cooperation to streamline hydraulic basin studies for hydroelectric projects.

Electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) reported June 6 that ANEEL and water agency Agencia Nacional das Aguas (ANA) would sign the agreement within a few days.

The five-year agreement is intended to guarantee speedier joint action on hydrologic issues, studies of hydropower potential, and operation and inspection of hydroelectric developments, ANEEL said.

ANEEL said the agreement is to give continuity to the agencies’ activities related to operation of the national hydrometeorological network, exchange of hydrological and geo-reference information, and establishment of an inventory of available hydraulic resources, the Reserva de Disponibilidade Hidrica (RDH).

The RDH is a necessary document for the solicitation procedure for a hydro project, ANEEL said. It said it is up to the developer of feasibility studies of a project to provide an RDH to agencies managing a hydro resource, ANA, or state institutions.

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