Energias do Brazil authorized to carry out feasibility studies for hydroelectric projects

26 February 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26 Feb – Brazil’s electricity regulator has authorized Energias do Brasil to start feasibility studies for new hydroelectric projects in the states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Mato Grosso do Sul totaling 330.5 megawatts, officials said.

Under the terms of the announcement made Friday by power regulator Aneel, the studies involve ten projects, three in Minas Gerais, totaling 184.5 megawatts and the remaining seven are small hydroelectric power plants in the four previously mentioned states, totaling 146 megawatts.

Energias do Brasil, which is owned by Portugal’s EDP, is a holding company for a group of companies that generates, sells and distributes electricity in the Brazilian market.

Its distribution companies serve over 3 million customers, located in 171 municipal areas, with a total population of approximately 10 million.

Energias do Brasil has generation assets with a current installed capacity of 1,043 megawatts, thanks mainly to the conclusion of the Peixe Angical dam, opened in 2006, together with the fourth generator at the Mascaranhas plant and the small hydroelectric plant of Sao Joao. (macauhub)