Aug 16, 2012 - Brazilian power company MPX Energia (SAO:MPXE3) registered a total 521.9 MW from natural gas-fired thermoelectric power and wind power projects to run in the A-3 and A-5 energy auctions to be held in October.
Of the total filed capacity, 363.2 MW refer to thermoelectric plants, the company's CEO, Eduardo Karrer, revealed yesterday.
The wind undertakings are greenfield ones, recently acquired via MPX's 50/50 joint venture with Germany's biggest utility E.on AG (ETR:EOAN). The wind farms are planned to have an installed capacity of 600 MW, with the possibility of adding other 600 MW. They will be built in northeastern Rio Grande do Norte state and received environmental permits this week, Karrer affirmed.
The company now expects to close the negotiations with equipment suppliers by September in order to have the final budget of the wind farms and prepare for the bidding, the executive said.
The thermopower projects, in turn, are currently being developed in MPX's Parnaiba thermoelectric complex in the Santo Antonio dos Lopes municipality of northeastern Maranhao state. The company has licences to reach 3,722 MW of installed capacity in the region.
The A-3 and A-5 tenders will be organised by energy sector regulator Aneel and will target to meet local distributors' demand as of 2015 and 2017, respectively.
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