Brazil delays Belo Monte auction

An auction for the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project will be delayed once again amid criticism of the project’s environmental impact, according to Reuters.

Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry scheduled the auction for Dec. 21. (HydroWorld 11/2/09)

“We can say that the auction for Belo Monte is viable for January,” said Ministry Secretary Marcio Zimmermann.

The delays stem largely from difficulties in securing an environmental license for the project, Reuters reported.

The Belo Monte project will be built on the Xingu River and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2014. It will be Brazil’s second-largest power plant behind the Itaipu hydroelectric complex in southern Brazil.

Last week, Brazil suffered a major blackout that left nearly half of the nation without power. Officials attributed the accident to short-circuits at a substation, which cut power to transmission lines serving the giant Itaipu complex on the border of Paraguay.

HydroVision International 2014 Keynote Speakers

Presenting the HydroVision International 2014 Keynote Speakers

Check out a slideshow covering the keynote speakers at the HydroVision International 2014 conference and exhibition

Click Here >>

Hydro Industry Financials

Most Read Articles

Recent Comments

Buyers Guide Companies

Synergy Holdings Inc

Renewable energy for residential, commercial, m...

WorleyParsons – Brasil

Zollern Transmissões Mecânicas Ltda

Manufacturers of plain bearings, hydro power be...

Potencia Industrial SA

Manufactures hydroelectricelectric generators r...

Rubberart Artefatos de Borracha Ltda

Specializes in rubber seals for power generatio...

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours
To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

09/01/2014
Volume 33, Issue 7
cover
09/01/2014
Volume 22, Issue 5
cover

Archived Articles

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Hydro Review Past Issues