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Ministry gives green light to 338MW Escolha plant

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Brazil's mining and energy ministry has given the green light to develop the 338MW Central Geradora Termelétrica ( UTE) Escolha plant in Espírito Santo state. Specifically, the ministry has authorized the firm Energética Capixaba to become an independent power producer and to build the thermo plant, the ministry said in a statement. The plant will include 40 generator units of 8.4MW each and will burn imported natural gas, according to the statement. The company will also have to install a new transmission system to be used exclusively by Escolha UTE, linking it to the regional power grid. Federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) said in January it could acquire minority stakes in thermo projects traded last year in the government's power auctions for delivery in 2011 and 2013, including the Escolha plant.

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