Brazil okays 409-MW biomass-fed plant to start test operations

UTE Bracell. Image by Aneel (

September 21 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian power sector regulator Aneel has okayed a 409.3-MW biomass-fired power plant, the country’s largest, to commence test operations on September 20, 2021.

The Bracell Thermoelectric Power Plant, or UTE Bracell, is located in the municipality of Lencois Paulista, Sao Paulo state. The plant consists of three generating units operating in a cogeneration system, using residues of dissolving pulp production as fuel.

Aneel estimates that the tests will be completed within the months of October and November.

As part of a dissolving pulp production complex, the biomass-based facility will allow the factory to become energy self-sufficient. UTE Bracell is also capable of transferring its output surplus to the National Interconnected System (SIN), the power watchdog noted.

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