Aneel allows test operation of Mangue Seco 3 wind plant
Aug 3, 2011 - Brazil's energy sector watchdog Aneel yesterday authorised the test operation of the 26 MW Mangue Seco 3 wind power plant, in the Guamare municipality, northeastern Rio Grande do Norte state.
The undertaking is a result of the partnership between Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras (SAO:PETR3), holding a 49% stake, and local wind turbine maker Wobben Windpower, with 51%.
Mangue Seco 3, which has 13 power turbines with an installed capacity of 2 MW each, is one of the four plants in the wind power complex carrying the same name.
Mangue Seco 4 is also a project administered by Petrobras and Wobben, while Mangue Seco 1 and 2 belong to Petrobras in consortium with Alubar Energia and Brazil's federal power holding company Eletrobras (SAO:ELET6), respectively.
Mangue Seco 3 is among the facilities that won Brazil's first-ever wind energy auction two years ago and has a contractual obligation to kick off operations only in 2012, but, as other tender winners, is being launched in advance.