Four Project of the Year awards were presented during the closing awards luncheon September 27 at HydroVision Brasil 2012 in Rio de Janeiro: to AES Panama, Brookfield Energia Renovavel, Itaipu Binacional, and Norte Energia.
AES Panama won in the category of Environmental Sustainability for Energia Verde. This sustainable model of development, used during construction of the 223-MW Changuinola I project, exceeds the implementation of the Reforestation Plan required by the National Environmental Authority through an Environmental Impact Assessment. AES Panama committed to reforesting 800 hectares using seedlings produced by organized communities participating in a commercial and sustainable business relationship with AES.
Brookfield Energia Renovavel won in the category of New (Greenfield) Development (10-100 MW) for Pezzi Small Hydroelectric Power Plant. The 19-MW Pezzi project on the Antas River in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil has a 29-meter-high and 217-meter-long roller compacted and conventional concrete dam impounding a reservoir of 153 hectares. The plant is to be operational in October 2012 with two Kaplan S turbines.
Itaipu Binacional won in the category of Dam or Civil Works Construction or Rehabilitation for SIAB – Sistema Inteligente de Alarme da Barragem. This dam safety system, developed to meet guidelines laid out in the National Dam Safety Act of Brazil established in 2010, involves creation of a formal technical director and a division with eight experts dedicated to research projects and dam safety. A team of experts conducts periodic technical studies, including assessing the structural health of Itaipu Dam. Every four years a board of international experts meets to analyze the information collected and make technical recommendations.
Norte Energia won in the category of New (Greenfield) Development (101-20,000 MW) for Belo Monte. At 11,200 MW, Belo Monte is the largest hydroelectric project under construction in the world. The US$17 billion project, on the Xingu River in Para State, was approved by the Brazilian congress in 2005, and construction began in 2010. The project is expected to begin operating in 2015.
This was the first year these awards, sponsored by HydroVision Brasil and its flagship media publications Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide, were given. Nominations were open in seven categories:
- Dam or Civil Works Construction or Rehabilitation
- Environmental Sustainability
- New (Greenfield) Development (10-100 MW)
- New (Greenfield) Development (101-20,000 MW)
- Project Financial Closing
- Project Refurbishment/Modernization
- Small Hydro (less than 10 MW)
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