Brazil transmission grid set for US$8bn boost

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Brazil's transmission network will require investments of 18bn reais (US$8bn) over the next five years to meet demand from new generation projects, according to federal energy planning company EPE.

The funds will be poured into 13,000km of new transmission lines and 39 substations, EPE said in its 2013-18 expansion plan submitted to Brazil's mining and energy ministry (MME) on Wednesday.

The southeast and central-west regions - which comprise about two thirds of Brazil's electricity demand - are expected to top investments in new connections.

According to EPE, the regions will require 4,300km of new lines and nine substations with a combined outlay of 5.3bn reais.

Next is the south, whose projects include 3.8km of lines and 14 substations totaling 5.2bn reais.

EPE said the values were for yet to be auctioned projects with certified feasibility studies already completed.

The full plan in Portuguese can be seen here.

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