Brazil’s Para state federal justice department has suspended the start of construction on the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydro project until all environmental conditions are met, wire services reported.
The ruling also prohibits federal development bank BNDES from transferring financing for the project to the consortium that won the rights to build and operate Belo Monte.
Environmental regulator Ibama granted a preliminary license for the project on Jan. 27, 2010. However, 29 of the conditions have not been met and another four were only complied with partially, Business News Americas reported.
There is no information on another 33 criteria, according to a release issued by the state justice department.
The Belo Monte project, expected to cost more than US$11 billion, will be built on the Xingu River. The project is expected to come online in 2015.
The Norte Energia consortium won the bidding process for the Amazon dam and hydro project last year after construction bidding faced several delays due to opposition to the project.
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