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Petrobras mulls 720MW gas-fired project in Manaus

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, June 03, 2004
Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is studying a 720MW gas-fired power generation project in the Amazonian city of Manaus, newspaper Valor Economico reported. The plant would burn gas from the Urucu fields transported through the Coari-Manaus pipeline, which has just received an environmental license for construction, the newspaper said. The plant would be located close to Petrobras' Reman refinery. Petrobras already has preliminary environmental impact studies for the project. Power consumption in Brazil's northern region grew 8% in 2003. The major generation project in the region is the 4,125MW expansion of the Tucuruí hydro plant scheduled for completion by 2007. Manaus is presently supplied by US power company El Paso's four diesel-fired plants, which have 400MW installed capacity, and federal power holding company Eletrobrás unit Manaus Energía, with installed capacity of 611MW.

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