Belo Monte transmission line set for operations

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Brazil's Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia (BMTE) will inaugurate on December 21 the first 800kV bipole of the Pará-Minas Gerais Belo Monte transmission line, which will take power produced by the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric plant to the country's southeast region.

The line will be 2,076km long in total, from Xingu in Pará state to Estreito in Minas Gerais, crossing 66 municipalities.

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The operation's license was issued on December 5, BMTE confirmed to BNamericas.

According to the special purpose company formed by China's State Grid and Brazil's state-run companies Furnas and Eletronorte, the line is being inaugurated two months ahead of schedule, which was February 2018.

Total investment in the project was 5bn reais (US$1.5bn).