UPDATE – Two hydro projects pulled from Brazil power auction

The head of Brazil’s energy research agency said August 5 that two hydropower projects were pulled from an August 28 power auction for failure to receive state environmental licenses in time.

Chairman Mauricio Tolmasquim of Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) said that means only one hydropower project, 350.2-MW Baixo Iguacu on the Iguacu River in Parana State, will join a group of thermal power plants in the power sale to be administered by Brazil electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL). (HNN 7/25/08)

Tolmasquim told an energy summit that the Secretaria de Meio Ambiente, the environmental secretariat of Rio de Janeiro State, would not grant licenses in time to the 80-MW Barra do Pomba and 50-MW Cambuci projects, both on the Paraiba do Sul River in Rio de Janeiro.

ANEEL had qualified all three projects to sell power in a 2007 auction. However, they were withheld from that sale for environmental clearance and other problems. (HNN 1/19/07)

The regulator announced July 18 that a new feasibility study on Baixo Iguacu now is available at ANEEL headquarters. It said the new study is a result of adjustments in the process of environmental licensing for the plant. (HNN 1/29/07)

The power auction, labeled A-5 by ANEEL, is to include purchasing of power by distribution utilities from new projects on the national integrated transmission system, from enlargements of existing plants, and from energy importers. Power is to be delivered beginning in January 2013. Power contracts are to be for 30 years for hydro projects and for 15 years for other generating technologies.

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