Aneel prepares transmission bidding rules

May 10, 2005 02:00 AM

Brazil's power regulator Aneel is preparing the bidding rules to tender a total of 3,285 km lines as part of the federal government's drive to expand its 85,000 km transmission grid, an Aneel spokesperson told.
This will be the year's first tender, which will include the third 500 kV, 1,298 km link between country's national grid and the northern region. Of the 18 stretches to be auctioned, 6 will be for the north-south link in the northern states of Tocantins and Para, the government has said.

The government will tender five other 500 kV stretches, covering a total 937 km, strengthening the grid in the west-west region and the south-eastern region of Minas Gerais.
The tender will include a 500 kV line in the north-eastern Maranhao state and another crossing the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The government also plans to tender eight 230 kV lines, one 225 km line in north-eastern Bahia state and the rest (adding up to 252 km) in the southern state of Santa Catarina, where the government will also tender three substations.
Total investment is pegged at 1.94 bn reais ($ 784 mm) and the projects should be completed in 12-24 months.

The mines and energy ministry has also said it plans to tender two small 345 kV lines and a small 500 kV line in 2005.
In 2006, the government is also preparing to tender the 354 km, 230 kV Jauru-Vilhena line, which is considered important to link the western Amazon state of Rondonia to the national grid, reducing dependence on diesel-fired power plants in the region. The government has been trying to tender this line since 2004.

Source: BNamericas
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