Startup delayed at Batalha hydropower project in Brazil

Brazil’s 52.2-MW Batalha hydropower project has had its commercial operations pushed back once more by Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas, wire services reported.

The project, which had been delayed previously, has been pushed back to May 2012, a spokesperson for the company told Business News Americas.

The facility was initially set to go online in June 2011. The start date was subsequently postponed to January 2012.

Delays in the environmental licensing process are behind the postponement, reports indicate.

Batalha construction works are now 73.5 percent complete, the spokesperson added. The plant is being built on the border of southeastern state Minas Gerais and center-western state Goias.

Furnas owns 100 percent of the project, which is estimated to cost 740 million reais (US$443 million).

In other news, Brazilian consortium Norte Energia has started earthmoving works at the site where it will build the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydropower project, a spokesperson for the consortium told wire services.

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