São Manoel HPP starts test operation

São Manoel HPP was connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN) on Monday night, Dec.5th, when it began the test operation of its first hydroelectric turbine, anticipating the deadline of May 2018 established in the commercialization contracts of electricity in the regulated environment (CCEAR). The work is a partnership among CTG Brasil, EDP Brasil and Furnas Centrais Elétricas.

The project, built on the Teles Pires River, in the state of Mato Grosso with Pará, operates by run-of-river, a configuration in which there is a low reservoir accumulated for energy generation. The works began in September 2014 and, until the third quarter, received investments of R$ 3.3 billion. There will be four generating units with 175 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity each, totaling 700 MW, enough energy to serve a population of about 2.5 million people.

“We continue to work with a schedule of anticipation of other three machines”, says Luiz Otavio Henriques, president of the São Manoel Energy.

It is expected for the next few weeks the Commercial Declaration of Operation (DCO) issued by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), with which the plant will be able to negotiate the energy and strengthen the system. The long-term sales contracts signed when the project was auctioned need to be completed only as of May 2018 and, therefore, the volume produced until this period will be settled in the short-term market or traded in bilateral contracts.