The world’s largest power plant is a $27 billion ‘engineering wonder’.

The world’s largest power plant is a $27 billion ‘engineering wonder’.

Located on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the Itaipu Dam produced 103.09 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in 2016 – making the hydroelectric system the world’s largest power plant. Ten years after its completion in 1984, the American Society of Civil Engineers named it “one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world.” Building the $27 billion Itaipu Dam required 18 years […]

About 22% of Brazil’s growth in power capacity could come from hydropower.

About 22% of Brazil’s growth in power capacity could come from hydropower.

Brazil’s Energy Research Agency (EPE) and Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) this week released its US$430 billion 10-Year Energy Expansion Plan proposition, PDE 2026, to help the country’s energy sector, including hydropower, BNamericas reports. According to PDE 2026, EPE forecasts installed power capacity over the next decade will increase by 64.1 GW, from 148.392 GW to […]

Fezer wins contract to repair 2-MW turbine at Abranjo hydro plant in Brazil.

Fezer wins contract to repair 2-MW turbine at Abranjo hydro plant in Brazil.

NISHI Electromecanica and Fezer, an affiliate of Power Machines, have signed a contract to modernize and repair a 2-MW turbine at the Abranjo hydro plant. Abranjo, in Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil, is owned by Electra Power generating group. The Abranjo powerhouse contains three 2-MW turbine-generator units. NISHI Electromecanica is repairing the generator, and […]

Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil no longer planned for construction.

Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil no longer planned for construction.

The government of Brazil has shelved plans to build the Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil, BNamericas reports. Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), the power sector planning agency, recommended preliminary licenses for the project be put on hold amid concerns about environmental and social impacts. The project was to be located in the Amazon rainforest. The […]

Power Machines in Brazilian hydro project deal.

Power Machines in Brazilian hydro project deal.

Power Machines’ Brazilian subsidiary Power Machines Fezer is to manufacture and supply three mini turbines complete with impellers for the Teodoro Schlickmann hydropower plant in Brazil – the first in the country to install this type of equipment. Under the contract, the company will design, manufacture, and supply three hydraulic siphon-type turbines with a capacity […]

BNDES signs US$300 million contract to develop hydropower and other renewables.

BNDES signs US$300 million contract to develop hydropower and other renewables.

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) announced it has signed a US$300 million contract with the New Development Bank (NDB) to add about 600 MW to Brazil’s generation capacity from hydropower and other renewable energy sources. NDB is a financial institution that opened its current headquarters in Shanghi, China, in February 2016. NDB owners include: The […]

AES Tiete Energia acquires Brazilian Wind Portfolio.

AES Tiete Energia acquires Brazilian Wind Portfolio.

AES Tiete Energia has acquired 386MW Alto Sertao II wind portfolio in Brazil for R$600m ($193m[1] USD), with technical due diligence from K2 Management and TNEI. K2 Management’s specialists delivered technical due diligence across the entire portfolio including reviewing the turbine and balance of plant technology; energy yield assessment review; civil, grid and electrical design […]

ANEEL releases new rules for small hydropower operators in Brazil.

ANEEL releases new rules for small hydropower operators in Brazil.

In an effort to streamline the permitting process, ANEEL (Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica) has published new rules governing operators of small hydropower plants in Brazil. According to reports, the resolution includes a requirement for developers to complete “generation adequacy studies” prior to the environmental licensing process. Normative Resolution No. 765/2017 defines the procedures for […]

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