Brazil's Santo Antônio hydro steps up output

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brazilian power regulator Aneel approved the commercial startup of a 73MW generating unit belonging to Santo Antônio Energia, as the Rio Madeira mega-hydroelectric project draws nearer to completion.

The turbine is the 31st unit to begin operating at the complex, according to federal gazette Diário Oficial da União.

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Located in Rondônia state, the 3.15GW Santo Antônio plant is being built alongside the 3.75GW Jirau facility on the Madeira river.

The federal government says the complex is vital to helping Brazil meet future power demand, expected to grow by 7GW/y until 2020.

Santo Antônio is due to be completed in 2016, while Jirau is scheduled to be fully operating next year.