Brazil: Energias do Brasil invests 105 million reais in increasing hydroelectric generation

12 September 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 12 Sept – Brazilian group Energias do Brasil is investing 105 million reais on construction work to increase the production capacity of three hydroelectric dams, the holding controlled by Portuguese group EDP-Energias de Portugal said Friday.

Increasing production capacity at the Rio Bonito, Suíça and Mascarenhas dams, located in Espírito Santo state in southeast Brazil, will increase the company’s overall capacity by 25 MW. Its current capacity is 1,049 MW.

The process for boosting capacity includes studies of the rivers, and technical and financial feasibility surveys, the company said in a statement.

“Energias do Brasil’s aim is to modernise the dams’ facilities, increasing operating efficiency and the reliability of the facilities,” said the statement, noting that increasing capacity would have no environmental impact.

Energias do Brazil is a holding company that controls distribution companies, Bandeirante (Sao Paulo), Escelsa (Esprito Santo state) and Enersul (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as generation companies, EDP Lajeado, Energesy and Enerpeixe, and sales company Enertrade. (macauhub)