Brazil’s 855-MW Foz do Chapeco near a third complete

Federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas reports construction of the 855-MW Foz do Chapeco hydroelectric project is nearly one-third complete on Brazil’s Uruguai River.

Furnas is a member of the development consortium Foz do Chapeco Energia S/A, along with CPFL Energia and Rio Grande do Sul State utility Companhia Estadual de Energia Eletrica.

The utility said June 20 that Foz do Chapeco is 30 percent complete and expected to begin operation in August 2010.

Investment in the project is to require 2.2 billion reais (US$1.37 billion), Furnas said. The project received a 1.6 billion real (US$860 million) loan from Brazil’s national development bank, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Economica e Social. (HNN 2/12/08)

Foz do Chapeco is being built on the border of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states by a construction consortium of Camargo Correa, Alstom Brasil, and CNEC Energia.

French equipment manufacturer Alstom is supplying the project four vertical Francis turbines and synchronous generators and additional electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment under a contract worth 526 million reais (US$280 million). (HNN 8/1/07)

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