CTG Brasil increases by 50% its investments in Research & Development for clean energy generation

R&D Yearbook 2019 shows overview of 23 R&D projects led by the company, focusing on environmental preservation and operational efficiency

São Paulo, December 5, 2019 – CTG Brasil announces 50% growth over last year in its investments in Research & Development (R&D Aneel). In 2019, the company, which has Innovation as one of its strategic pillars, is investing R$ 12 million in 23 projects, detailed in its R&D Yearbook 2019, which is now available online.

“CTG Brasil has been intensifying the search and incorporation of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, advanced bioprocessing, biotechnology, communication networks and Internet of Things. Our goal is to develop projects that contribute to solving the challenges of the sector, increase safety in power generation and generate value for the whole society, ”says Evandro Vasconcelos, vice president of Generation and Commercialization of the company.

To guide its R&D activities in 2019, CTG Brasil developed a technological road map. According to Vasconcelos, “the work consisted mainly in identifying and mapping the main lines of projects relating to CTG Brasil’s strategy, through workshops and interviews with various areas of the company”. For the next five years, additional investments of at least R$ 100 million are already planned for R&D, as a result of the partnership with the National Industrial Learning Service (SENAI) to create the Clean Energy Innovation Hub, focused on research, development and development projects. and innovation that contribute to the generation of clean energy in Brazil.

To know all the projects of CTG Brasil Yearbook R&D 2019, click here.

CTG Brasil announced new O&M Director for Paranapanema and Sapucaí-Mirim

CTG Brasil has just announced Márcio José Peres as O&M Director of the Paranapanema and Sapucaí-Mirim HPPs. Peres holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) and an MBA degree in Business Management from IBMEC Business School, with solid knowledge in the development of hydroelectric projects, construction and operation. The executive also has training in leadership and people management from Florida Christian University, Fundação Dom Cabral, as well as an international course by INSEAD.

With 30 years of experience in the electricity sector, Márcio Peres previously held the position of statutory director of wholly owned subsidiaries of Cemig’s Generation. In the state of Minas Gerais, the executive held several leadership positions and was a full member of the board of directors of special-purpose entities UHE Itaocara SA and Guanhães Energia SA, as well as a full member of the board of directors of holding Cemig.

“For me, it is a pleasure to be part of CTG Brasil’s team. The company has long-term planning here in Brazil, which includes modernization projects with the aim of having even more efficient operations. I will be directly involved in these projects and I am happy to be part of this process from now on with a team committed to bringing gains to the Brazilian electric sector, ” Márcio Peres said.

According to Evandro Vasconcelos, Vice-President of Generation and Commercialization of CTG Brasil, the arrival of Márcio Peres to the team of O&M will allow the company to advance with even more agility in its projects in Brazil. “Thinking about the area of activity of Márcio, we have recently completed the modernization of the Capivara HPP, and we plan to start Rosana’s project soon. Márcio, with all his experience, is sure to help us carry out this project and other projects successfully. “

CTG Brasil concludes modernization of Capivara HPP

Largest HPP on the Paranapanema river gains 24 megawatts of power after modernization. Project received investment of R$ 150 million

CTG Brasil has just completed the process of modernization and repowering of the Capivara HPP, the largest hydropower plant on the Paranapanema River. With a gain of 24 megawatts (MW) of power, Capivara’s installed capacity is expected to reach 643 MW, enough power to power a city of about 1.2 million. CTG Brasil is still awaiting ratification of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) for the last 8 MW of repowering.

The project, which began in 2016, involved the modernization of the four generating units and the upgrading of units 1, 2 and 4. In addition to more energy, modernization brings greater efficiency and reliability to the plant and other advantages, such as the installation of equipment with state-of-the-art technology in the various monitoring and control systems of the generating units.

Another gain is that the new turbines installed have nominal efficiency of 92%, compared to 85% of the old, which allowed the increase of 15.6 MW of available energy for sale, as well as the production of more energy with less water passing through the turbines .

The project, which was budgeted at R$ 150 million, was completed 30 days in advance of the initial planning, and was attended by about 130 professionals from CTG Brasil and Voith, a partner company in the modernization project.

According to Alexander Dáquila, Operation and Maintenance manager at the Capivara HPP, “modernization represents a milestone for the Brazilian electricity system, since the 42 year old plant is one of the most important in the region, and advanced technology”.

Renato Castilho, manager of Maintenance Engineering at CTG Brasil, recalls that “the Capivara Plant was a pioneer in the repowering project in Brazil. It was also one of the pioneers in the use of the regulatory process that allows the increase of the available energy for the sale with greater yield of the turbines”.

In addition to the Capivara HPP at Paranapanema, CTG Brasil is modernizing the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira HPP’s on the Paraná River, a R$ 3 billion project that will take up to ten years to complete. The work involves the modernization of 34 generating units and the implementation of an integrated operation center, using what is most current in the technology of operation of hydroelectric plants.

Inaugurated in March 1977, the Capivara HPP has been operated since 2016 by CTG Brasil, which holds the concession until 2029. Important for leisure and economy in the region, the reservoir bathes nine cities in São Paulo and 12 in Paraná.

CTG Brasil announces Annual Sustainability Report

Material highlights the social, environmental and economic performance of the company, that completed in 2018 five years of operation

CTG Brasil has just released its Annual Sustainability Report according to the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The report shows the social, environmental and economic performance achieved by the company in 2018, considering all operations and subsidiaries, as well as investments and major actions and programs carried out in the last year. The company closed 2018 with gross revenues of R$ 5.6 billion and R$ 300.6 million in investments.

“In 2018, we celebrated five years. In this short period, we built a solid portfolio, becoming the second largest private power generator in the country, with an installed capacity of 8.28 GW. We have formed a strong team with a safety-oriented culture, operational excellence, ethics, business transparency and respect for people and the environment”, said Li Yinsheng, CEO of CTG Brasil.

“The actions carried out and disclosed in this report demonstrate our long-term commitment to Brazil, a market that we consider strategic due to its energy needs and its growth potential, and resources for the development and operation of renewable energy generation in large scale – CTG’s main business”, Yinsheng adds.

Investments in asset modernization

Last year, the company continued with its modernization project for the Ilha Solteira and Jupiá HPPs, located in the Paraná River, and reached the final stages of the modernization project for three turbines at the Capivara plant in the Paranapanema River. In total, R$ 300.6 million were invested in the activities.

In the modernization of Ilha Solteira and Jupiá, the total investment will be R$ 3 billion, with a projected execution period of ten years, and includes the reform of the 34 machines of the two plants, its automation and a new Generation Operation Center (COG ), as well as improvements in auxiliary services, lifting equipment and spillways. The project, considered the largest in the country, aims to ensure greater reliability and availability of these operations to the National Interconnected System (SIN).

Research and Development (R&D)

In 2018, R$ 8 million was invested in Research&Development (R&D) activities, focusing mainly on projects aimed at creating technical and scientific knowledge to support efficiency gains in the company’s operations, growth in the Brazilian electricity sector and environmental and social projects. Among the themes of the projects are the sterilization of the golden mussels to control the mollusk population (invasive species in the Brazilian rivers); the creation of a pneumatic regulator for the speed of hydroelectric turbines; identification and control of macrophytes; management of fish diversity and valuation of ecosystem services.

Sustainable vision

In order to advance its sustainability strategy, the company, which was already a signatory of the Global Pact, became part of the Brazilian Global Pact Committee, a governance body that gives referrals to the programs in the country. Promoted by the United Nations (UN), this is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

Engagement with the community

Valuing and strengthening communities close to operations are key issues for CTG Brasil. Therefore, the company carried out activities in the amount of R$ 15.5 million to establish a lasting relationship with the populations of the units’ environments. They focus on topics such as education, culture and sports, and have benefited around 600,000 people during the year.

Environmental Protection

The sustainable use of resources and respect for the environment are the basis of the company’s environmental protection activities. Therefore, we seek to develop actions and programs aimed at protecting biodiversity, restoring natural habitats, preventing pollution and adapting to climate change. In 2018, we released 3.6 million fish fingerlings of native species in the regions of the reservoirs where the company operates to increase the biodiversity and the fish stocks of the rivers.

Environmental education activities and the donation of tree seedlings to owners of the reservoir environment are also among the actions carried out. In 2018, for example, 107,735 seedlings were donated for planting third-party areas in 25 municipalities in the Paranapanema River region and 950 seedlings were planted in the Garibaldi HPP area, in the Canoas River, in Santa Catarina (SC).

2018 in numbers

The hydrology in the reservoir region of the company’s HPPs in 2018 was unfavorable, causing a drop of 1.4% in power generation, which reached 33,948.9 GWh. Even so, the availability rate of the plants was once again above the regulatory limits, a result that mainly reflects the experience, technical capacity and commitment of its teams, the Company’s consistent investment policy and the efficient maintenance program of equipment.

Regarding financial performance, CTG Brasil’s combined net revenue from operations totaled R$ 2.8 billion in 2018 and operating cash generation (EBITDA) was R$ 1.4 billion. The numbers were impacted due to the adjustment in the accounting methodology applied to the Paraná Energia’s financial assets. Normalizing this accounting effect, combined net revenue reached R$ 4.7 billion and EBITDA was R$ 3.2 billion.

To know the 2018 Sustainability Report of CTG Brasil, access www.ctgbr.com.br/relatorioanual2018.

CTG Brasil participates in the Energy Solutions Show

In addition to a stand for visitors, the company ministers a workshop on its operations in Brazil, including the commercialization of energy, and the modernization of its assets

This week, CTG Brasil participates in the most complete national event in the electric sector: the Energy Solutions Show. Vitor Lazzareschi, commercial director of the company, will present the workshop “CTG Brasil: five years of operation in Brazil and investment in asset modernization” at the opening of the first day at 10:00 a.m.

“In 5 years in Brazil, we are already among the main energy generators in the country and we have invested in innovative projects that bring more robustness, efficiency and reliability to our operations. The modernization of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira HPPs, for example, which is the largest hydroelectric modernization project in progress in the country”, says Lazzareschi. “In addition, participating in Energy Solutions Show is an opportunity to establish relationships with an even larger and wider audience, presenting our solutions and services in energy marketing.”

The participants of the event can also visit the CTG Brasil stand to know more about the company, which has been in the country since 2013, and is already a reference in clean energy generation.

The Energy Solutions Show is considered one of the most complete events in the industry. Directed to both industrial and commercial consumers, as well as to the production chain, the focus of the event is to gather solutions in electric energy. During the two days, participants will be able to check solutions, innovations and technologies for energy businesses, as well as congresses and debates on issues related to photovoltaic solar energy, cogeneration, good practices and new technologies for energy consumers.

The Energy Solutions Show takes place in São Paulo (SP) on May 28 and 29, and brings together specialists, industrial and commercial consumers and energy companies at the Transamérica Expo Center.

For more information, visit: www.energysolutionsshow.com.br

CTG Brasil attends National Seminar of Large Dams

In addition to sponsoring the event, the company will have professionals leading debates and workshops on legislation and tributes on water projects, and dam ruptures

Next week, CTG Brasil participates in the largest dam event in the country. The XXXII National Seminar on Large Dams will be held in Salvador, Bahia, from May 20 to 23, and will bring together experts from different countries to discuss environmental, economic, technical and security issues, technological innovations, legislation, constructive methods, among others.

In conjunction with the Seminar, the Brazilian Committee of Dams (CBDB) also promoted, on the 23rd, the II International Symposium on Dams Safety in partnership with the Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD), the National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD) and the United States Society on Dams (USSD).

In addition to being one of the main sponsors of the event, CTG Brasil will have professionals from its team participating in debates, roundtables and workshops, discussing various topics and sharing practices and experiences related to legislation and tributes on hydraulic undertakings, effects and implications of ruptures of cascade dams, emergency management, among others. At the company’s booth at the event, visitors will learn more about CTG’s trajectory in Brazil.

“Today Brazil has more than 1,300 hydroelectric dams, which are responsible for the generation of about 65% of the country’s energy, so it is fundamental to address this issue of dams constantly. Meetings and events like this allow us to meet new technologies, exchange experiences and learn from the best practices to operate plants and dams with ever more excellence”, says César Teodoro, Director of Operation & Maintenance.

Agenda with CTG representatives Brazil:

20/5, at 2:00 p.m. – Roundtable: Legislation and taxes levied on water projects – Participation of Pedro Nunes, Manager of Civil Engineering and Dam Safety

22/5, at 3:30 pm – Workshop: Cascade dam rupture – Effects and implications on emergency management – Presented by Pedro Nunes and Vitor Hugo Morais, Civil Engineering and Dam Safety Coordinator

23/5, at 8:30 am – II International Symposium on Dams Security, with the participation of CHINCOLD, SPANCOLD and USSD – Debate chaired by Cesar Teodoro, Director of Operation & Maintenance

For more information go to: http://www.cbdb.org.br/xxxii-sngb


CTG Brasil presents National Ballet of China

CTG Brasil, the second largest private power generator in the country, brings the National Ballet of China back to Brazil after nine years. Considered one of the most renowned dance companies today, Ballet of China presents two shows in Brazil – Red Lanterns and Swan Lake – in 12 performances in São Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Curitiba (PR) and Belo Horizonte (MG).

Brazilian company of Chinese origin, CTG Brasil seeks by means of this sponsorship, through the Law of Incentive to Culture, the promotion of Chinese culture locally. “Cultural diversity is in our DNA and generating knowledge about the country of origin of our company is very important for us. We want to promote the rapprochement between the two cultures, just as we have already done in the construction of our corporate culture”, says José Renato Domingues, corporate vice president of CTG Brasil.

Five years in the country, the company is part of China Three Gorges Corporation, the largest clean energy group in the world, present in 47 countries. The Brazilian operation is the most important of the Group outside China and accounts for 12% of the Group’s total revenues.

Founded in 1959, China’s National Ballet, based in Beijing, is the only state-owned ballet company in the country. Currently, it is considered by international specialized critics one of the most important in activity in the world. From its creation, its proposal was to preserve the tradition of the Chinese dance and to incorporate to the repertoire the great works of the western romantic ballet. The company brings in its DNA the dialogue between Eastern culture and Western classical dance, blending traditions and references of the two universes.

For more information go to: https://www.dellarte.com.br/programacao-e and tickets? Title = nacional% 20da% 20china

Jupiá HPP celebrates 50 years with eye in the future

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.

CTG Brasil releases 105 thousand fishes in reservoir of Ilha Solteira HPP

CTG Brazil released on Friday (February, 8)), 105 thousand fingerlings of the species pacu and curimbatás in the river São José dos Dourados, in the region of the reservoir of Ilha Solteira HPP. The mayor of Ilha Solteira, Otávio Gomes, was in place to accompany the release, along with the company’s technical staff.

The action is part of the Program for Management and Conservation of Ictiofauna, conducted by CTG Brasil with the objective of repopulating and guaranteeing the diversity of fish in the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira hydroelectric reservoirs through the production and release of native species. The two reservoirs receive 2.1 million fish each year. The release points are authorized and determined by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA).

The native species used in the releases are produced at the Hydrobiology and Aquaculture Station maintained by CTG Brasil in Salto Grande (SP). The laboratory for fish reproduction occupies an area of ​​22 thousand square meters. At the site, research is also being developed, in partnership with universities. In addition to Jupiá and Ilha Solteira, the Station is responsible for releasing 1.5 million fingerlings per year in the eight reservoirs controlled by the company on the Paranapanema River.

CTG Brasil has new Corporate Vice President

CTG Brasil announces José Renato Domingues as its new Corporate Vice President. He assumes the position as of February 4 and will be responsible for the management of Human Resources, Brand, Communication & Sustainability, Legal, Procurement and Information Technology directories.

“We continue the process of consolidating our operations and the experience of José Renato will be instrumental in preparing CTG Brasil for another cycle of growth, focusing on people and sustainability,” explains Li Yinsheng, CEO of the company. “In addition, with another Brazilian on the board of the company, we further deepen our understanding of the local market,” adds Li.

“I am very happy to be part of the CTG Brasil team, a company that wants to be a reference in the clean energy sector in Brazil. I believe there is no sustainable growth without taking into account the organizational culture and the people. I hope to contribute to the good results of the company in this regard”, says Domingues.

Experience – With more than 20 years of experience, the executive has passed through the Pulp & Paper, Metallurgy and Construction Materials sectors, as well as being a founding partner of a People Management and Career Transition consultancy. Domingues was also responsible for leadership strategies in the operational areas of the companies he passed and was elected member of People, Management, Ethics and Compliance committees.

He participated in the Global Leadership Program at Harvard University and Organizational Transformation courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Duke University in North Carolina.