Consortium named to build Brazil’s 140-MW Baguari

A unit of Brazilian utility holding company Neoenergia S.A. has awarded a contract to Consorcio Construtor Baguari to build the 140-MW Baguari hydroelectric project on the Doce River in Brazil’s Minas Gerais State.

The consortium, led by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, includes Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Engevix. The agreement was signed in April with Consorcio Usina Hidreletrica Baguari, formed by Neoenergia, Cemig Geracao e Transmissao S.A., and Furnas Centrais Eletricas.

Baguari is to have four bulb turbine-generators of 35 MW each, going on line in 37 months. Odebrecht is to be responsible for civil works and electro-mechanical equipment assembly.

Baguari is one of seven hydro projects, totaling 576.1 MW, in which Neoenergia said it plans to invest 1.04 billion reais (US$489 million). (HNN 1/31/07) Neoenergia, a Brazilian unit of Spanish utility Iberdrola, controls Brazilian distribution utilities Celpe, Coelba, and Cosern, plus generating assets.

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