One of the most important hydroelectric plants in Brazil completes half a century of operation involved in an unprecedented modernization project in the sector
On April 14, the Jupiá HPP, one of the most important in Brazil, celebrated 50 years of operation looking to the future.
The powerplant, located between Castilho (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS), is undergoing an unprecedented modernization process in the history of the Brazilian electricity sector, along with Usina Ilha Solteira. The two hydroelectric plants are operated by CTG Brasil.
It will be R$ 3 billion invested, within ten years, to reform 34 generating units – 14 of Jupiá and 20 of Ilha Solteira. The project also includes all the automation part and a new Generation Operating Center (COG), among other improvements that aim to bring more reliability to the country’s electrical system.
“The modernization project reinforces our long-term commitment to the country, as we will deliver to Brazilian society two new, modern assets with a useful life to operate with availability and security for the next 30 years”, says the vice-president of Generation and Commercialization of CTG Brasil, Evandro Vasconcelos, which also highlights the important work of cooperation between Brazilian and Chinese professionals.
Historical – With 1,551.2 MW of installed capacity, Jupiá generated, from the beginning of the operation by CTG Brasil, on July 1, 2016, 20,954,183 megawatts hour (MWh), sufficient energy to serve a city of about population of 2.6 million over the same period.
The reservoir of the plant occupies an area of 330 square kilometers, bathing seven cities along 541 kilometers. The lake goes beyond the main purpose of securing water for energy generation, and collaborates to boost tourism in the region through nautical, fishing and leisure activities.
The Jupiá plant started to be operated and managed in 2016 by CTG Brasil, which paid to the Brazilian government R$ 4.67 billion for the concession of 30 years. The Ilha Solteira plant was sold at the same auction, for R$ 9.13 billion. Together, the two HPPs make up the largest hydroelectric complex in the Southeast and Center-West regions, with a total installed capacity of 4,995.2 MW.
Community – To strengthen enduring relationships with surrounding communities, CTG Brasil participates in several education, culture and sports incentive projects. By 2018, these initiatives have benefited more than 600,000 people. The investment in shares for 2019 already surpasses R$ 8.8 million, and a considerable part of this amount will be used to finance projects in the region of Jupiá and Ilha Solteira.
“The well-being of the people living near the HPPs are among our priorities. We seek to participate in the life of these communities in a positive way, taking culture, leisure, quality of life and development through projects that are adherent to our values”, explains Salete da Hora, director of Brand, Communication and Sustainability at CTG Brasil.