Suez, Endesa to bid on $5 billion Brazil Amazon dam

Friday, November 23, 2007
French utility company Suez, Spain's Endesa and banks including Santander filed to bid for a major electricity project in Brazil's Amazon, the country's electricity regulator said on Friday.Suez joined with Brazil's Eletrosul, part of federal power giant Eletrobras, to bid on the 9 billion-real ($5 billion) Santo Antonio project on the Madeira river in the Amazon. The government will auction a concession to build and operate the 3,150 megawatt dam on Dec. 10.Electricity regulator Aneel said on its Web site four other groups also filed documents to bid on the Santo Antonio project, which togeth

Brazil Gives Amazon Dams Go-ahead

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Brazil has given the initial go-ahead for the construction of two hydro-electric dams to be built on the longest tributary of the Amazon River. The Madeira River projects have divided opinion even within government and in recent years have been one of the most environmentally sensitive issues. The river is said to have one of the most diverse fish stocks in the world. Environmentalists fear they could be threatened by the development of the dams costing billions of dollars. Such have been the sensitivities surrounding this decision that Brazil’s environmental agency Ibama took two years

Divulgadas regras para leilão da primeira usina do Rio Madeira

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Brasília - O aviso do edital para o leilão de energia da Usina Hidrelétrica de Santo Antônio, que será construída no Rio Madeira, em Rondônia, foi publicado hoje (1º) no Diário Oficial da União. O leilão deve ser realizado no dia 10 de dezembro. A diretoria colegiada da Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel) aprovou o edital na última terça-feira (30). O preço máximo da energia foi definido em R$ 122 por megawatt-hora (MWh) e vencerá o leilão quem oferecer o menor lance em reais por megawatts-hora. O pregão será realizado na sede da Aneel em Brasília, por meio

Brazil Regulator Aneel Sets Cap for Santo Antonio Auction

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The auction of the Santo Antonio hydro power scheme in Brazil has been capped with a power price of R$122/MWh (US$70/MWh) by the country's electricity regulator Aneel. Last week the Ministry of Mines and Energy announced that the auction of the concession for the 3150MW Santo Antonio plant had been delayed to 10 December. It was originally scheduled to be held yesterday. The project is to be built on the river Madeira in west Brazil, near the border with Bolivia. Santo Antonio is one of two projects in the 6450MW Madeira scheme, the other being the 3300MW Jirau project. The Madeira sche

Study of energy potential of Xingu River is being evaluated by ANEEL

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Brasília - A study on the possibilities of building hydroelectric dams on the Xingu River, which flows through Mato Grosso and Pará states, has been delivered to the National Electrical Energy Agency (ANEEL). Studies for the document, which the Federal Attorney´s office (MPF) and indigenous leaders who live along the river have been expecting, was carried out by Eletrobrás and by the companies Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa, and Andrade Gutierrez, and the document was delivered yesterday (Oct. 31). In an event last week, Glenn Switkes, the Latin America Director of the non-governmental

Parecer Técnico Ibama sobre o Complexo rio Madeira

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Opinião do equipe técnico do Ibama com recomendação de novos estudos, e rechaçando licenciamento do Complexo rio Madeira

Grand Dam Plans for the Amazon

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Schemes for Dozens of Dams on Tributaries Would Choke River, Stifle OppositionWorld Rivers Review, June 2006 The Amazon River, whose tributaries are formed in the Peruvian Andes, flows over a sedimentary flood plain hundreds of miles wide, with thousands of lagoons and seasonally flooded lakes – it is a river that is impossible to dam. However, the principal tributaries of the Amazon in its southern basin – the Madeira, Tapajós, Xingu, and to the east the Araguaia and Tocantins – descend steeply from crystalline rocks into the Amazon basin. From these heights rush enormous v

El gobierno brasileño avanza en la contención del principal afluente del Amazonas

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Durante las últimas semanas, el gobierno brasileño se ha dado la difícil tarea de construir presas hidroeléctricas gigantescas en el río Amazonas. El proyecto coloca al presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ante una contradicción mayor—entre su ambicioso plan de desarrollo a base de proyectos de infraestructura a gran escala, y el enorme costo social y ambiental de dichas presas. Por una parte, la construcción de presas ejerce un papel crítico en la iniciativa gubernamental de infraestructura a gran escala llamada Programa de Aceleración del Crecimiento (PAC). El PAC es un pro


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