Regulators approve test operations at Brazil hydropower plant

Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized test operations at the 51-MW Sao Jose hydropower plant, wire services reported.

The hydro plant will be able to test its generator unit 1, which has an installed capacity of 25.5 MW, Business News Americas reported.

The plant is owned by Brazilian firm Alupar. It is located in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

In another filing, the Aneel also authorized test operations at the 10-MW Caju small hydro project.

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Regulators approve small hydro project in Chile

Regulators in Chile have approved an environmental impact statement for the construction of a 7.6 MW hydroelectric project in southern Chile.

The Piruquina project will be built in Dalcahue on the Carihueico River and will produce more than 30 GWh annually, said Endesa Eco, the company building the US$24 million project.

The company said it plans to register the project under the clean development mechanism established by the Kyoto Protocol. Endesa Eco is a subsidiary of Chilean generator Endesa.