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Mais um desiste de usina no rio Madeira; leilão terá 3 participantes

Friday, November 30, 2007
A Aneel (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica) informou nesta sexta-feira que o leilão da usina de Santo Antônio, a primeira no complexo do rio Madeira (RO), terá apenas três participantes, já que dois dos interessados não realizaram o depósito e retiraram as senhas para o acesso ao sistema do leilão. Para os proponentes, as garantias corresponderam a 1% do valor do investimento.Os desistentes são a estatal Eletronorte e o consórcio Norte Energia, formado pelas empresas Alupar Investimentos S/A (37,5%), Indústrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona (15%), Schahin Holding (27,5%), UTC Engenh

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

Thousands of fish killed at Yacyretá Dam

Saturday, November 3, 2007
An immense quantity of fish, mostly surubies (catfish), died trapped in the Paraná River and without oxygen on the fish passage ladder at Yacyretá Dam. Oscar Ruiz Diaz, chief technician of EBY (Yacyretá bi-national agency) admitted the fact, saying it was due to "human error". He said the staff members that were responsible would be fired. A group of tourists who were visiting the dam first noticed the fish kill. The ABC newspaper from Paraguay published a report saying that 10 tons of fish had been killed, even as the authorities denied anything had happened. Later, Ruiz Díaz co

Miles de peces murieron por error humano en Yacyretá

Saturday, November 3, 2007
Información General: Una inmensa cantidad de peces, en su mayoría surubíes, murieron atrapados en el Río Paraná y sin oxígeno en la escala de transferencia de peces de la central hidroeléctrica Yacyretá. Sucedió durante el fin de semana electoral. El ingeniero Oscar Ruiz Díaz, jefe técnico de la EBY, reconoció lo sucedido y aclaró que fue producto de un "error humano". Afirmó que los funcionarios encargados serán sumariados. Durante el fin de semana electoral, una inmensa cantidad de peces, en su mayoría surubíes, murieron atrapados y sin oxígeno en la escala de t

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

Dam Affected People Protest Against the Hydroelectric Power Plant of São Salvador

Monday, September 10, 2007
Around 500 members of the Movement of Dam Affected People (MAB) blocked the access road to the São Salvador Dam worksite in the early hours of 10/09/2007. The dam which is located between the municipalities of São Salvador and Parana on Rio Tocantins (State of Tocantins), will also affect the municipality of Minacu (Goias). The power plant with an installed capacity of 240 MW belongs to the Energy Consortium São Salvador (CESS), whose major stakeholder is Tractebel Energia S.A. To the moment, none from the company appeared to negotiate with the affected people camped on the site. In meeti


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