May 21 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's state-owned energy research firm EPE said today that 1,157 MW of additional energy projects have been allowed to take part in the A-6 energy auction, to be held on August 31, 2018.
This tender will contract wind, biomass and hydropower plants (HPPs), as well as thermal power plants that use natural gas and coal. Three natural gas-fired facilities (1,048 MW), two wind farms (84 MW) and five small and mini HPPs (26 MW) were added to the previously registered schemes.
With the new additions, 1,090 energy projects totalling 59,116 MW will compete for contracts. Wind power will be awarded 20-year supply contracts while hydropower will compete for 30-year deals and the remaining sources for 25-year contracts. Power suply should commence on January 1, 2024.
More details by capacity are available in the table.
|Technology||Number of projects||Capacity|
|Large hydro (UHE)||7||333 MW|
|Small hydro (PCH)||66||941 MW|
|Mini hydro (CGH)||23||65 MW|
|Natural gas||39||28,656 MW|
In regards to HPPs, Brazil divides the projects into three groups. UHE, with capacity exceeding 30 MW, PCH, between 1 MW and 30 MW, and CGH of up to 1 MW.