UPDATE – Brazil issues draft auction rules for 3,300-MW Jirau

Brazilian officials have issued for comment a draft of auction rules for the scheduled May 9 concession auction of the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project on the Madeira River in Brazil’s Amazon region.

Jirau would be built 84 kilometers from the Bolivian border at Porto Velho in Rondonia State on the Madeira, an Amazon River tributary. (HNN 1/9/08) The first of its 44 turbine-generators is expected to go on line in 2013.

Electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) said the draft rules outline the technical characteristics of the project as well as pre-qualification conditions, specifics of energy contracting, deposits, and proposals. To be administered by the Camera de Comercializacao de Energia Eletrica, the auction includes competition for the concession and sale of energy from the plant.

The draft auction rules may be obtained from ANEEL’s Internet site, www.aneel.gov.br, under www.aneel.gov.br/arquivos/PDF/minuta%20do%20edital_fev.pdf. Comments may be submitted through February 28 via Internet: www.aneel.gov.br/aplicacoes/audiencia/dspListaAudiencia.cfm?attAnoAud=2008&attAnoFasAud=2008&id_area=13; E-mail: ap010_2008@aneel.gov.br; Fax: (55) 61-21928839; or mail to SGAN, Quadra 603, Modulo I, Terreo, Protocolo Geral da ANEEL, CEP 70.830-030, Brasilia DF, Brazil.

Consorcio Madeira Energia previously won a concession auction for Jirau’s sister project, 3,150-MW Santo Antonio, also on the Madeira. (HNN 12/10/07) The consortium agreed to sell power from the US$5 billion Santo Antonio for about 78.9 reais (US$44.79) per MWh, a 35 percent discount. The government had expected power to be sold just below 100 reais (US$56.77) per MWh.

Jirau and Santo Antonio have an estimated cost of 22 billion reais (US$11.6 billion). Santo Antonio is expected to begin delivering power in 2012 under a 30-year contract.

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