Emae starts construction at Pirapora hydro project in Brazil

Brazil's Sao Paulo state water and power company Emae has started the construction of its 25-MW Pirapora hydroelectric power project, a spokesperson for the firm told wire services.

The hydro plant is being built on the Tiete River in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.

The facility will have two generator units, each with an installed capacity of 12.5 MW. The hydropower project is expected to go online in 2012, the spokesperson told Business News Americas.

The project value was not disclosed.

The Pirapora hydro project was traded in the country's A-5 new power projects auction held in July. Emae won the concession with a pledge to sell power generated at the plant at 154 reais (US$90)/MWh.

In other news, Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized commercial operations at one of the two generator units at the 19.4-MW Figueiropolis small hydropower plant, wire services reported.

In a regulatory filing, Aneel okayed operations at the generator unit 1 with 9.7 MW of installed capacity.

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