Brazil outlines US$13bn grid expansion

Monday, October 17, 2016

Brazil's power transmission sector will require investment of 42.8bn reais (US$13.4bn) over the next five years, according to a government report.

Some 30.1bn reais will be poured into high tension power lines and 12.7bn reais into substations, according to the 509-page document published by energy planning agency EPE.

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The northern region is forecast to see the biggest investment in power lines, with an outlay of 11.8bn reais, followed by the northeast (7.36bn reais), the south (5.51bn reais) and the southeast-midwest (5.43bn reais).

EPE said the figures represented projects slated for auction before 2021.

Compared to the last plan published in March, there are five fewer substations while the forecast breadth of new power lines has been reduced by 1,800km.

The full report, in Portuguese, can be seen here.