Construction advances at 334MW Simplício hydro complex

Monday, March 14, 2011

Brazil's 334MW Simplício hydro complex is 72.3% complete and is set to be concluded on time for inauguration in late August, a spokesperson for the Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas told BNamericas.

The 2.2bn-real (US$1.3bn) complex is being developed and will be operated by Eletrobras Furnas alone.

Simplício is located in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

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"A new sewerage system is being built in the area for the communities in the region of Paraíba river, as well as a water treatment unit," the spokesperson added.

Last year, Brazilian federal development bank BNDES granted Furnas a 1bn-real loan for the project.

The Simplício hydro complex is part of the federal government infrastructure program, dubbed PAC.