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Minister tells Eletrobras to end project delays

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Staff writer ▼ | February 24, 2015
Brazil's state-run power utility Eletrobras will prioritize existing generation and transmission works in 2015 as it moves to prevent further delays to key projects.
Electricity   State-run power utility Eletrobras
The plan comes at the behest of energy minister Eduardo Braga, who met with Eletrobras president José da Costa Carvalho Neto in Brasília on Thursday.

"The minister asked that we place a priority on getting works up to speed with a view to making the grid more robust," Carvalho Neto told state news service Agência Brasil.

Generation projects to suffer bottlenecks include the Belo Monte (11.2GW), Santo Antônio (3.15GW) and Teles Pires (1.82GW) hydroelectric plants, and the 1.41GW Angra 3 nuclear station.

Eletrobras, a major stakeholder in each of the projects, blames the delays on legal disputes, community protests, worker strikes and bad weather, among other factors.

In the case of Teles Pires, located in the western state of Mato Grosso, work has been completed and an operating permit issued. But the plant remains idle due to the absence of transmission lines.

"The objective is to bring more energy on line and make up for delays to strategic works," Braga said.

Eletrobras is expected to finalize details of its 14bn-real (US$5bn) 2015 investment program next month.