Brazil hydro operator plans to build six small plants

Brazilian generator AES Tiete S.A. plans to build six small projects in its reactivation of a program of investment in small hydropower.

AES Tiete says it plans to invest 22.4 million reais (US$10.68 million) during 2007 toward building three hydro plants totaling 8 mw on Jaguari Mirim River in Sao Paulo State.

Additionally, the company said it signed a license purchase and sale agreement for the exploitation of water resources to enable construction of three hydro plants totaling 52 mw in Rio de Janeiro State. Subject to approval of Brazilian regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL), AES Tiete plans to invest 225 million reais (US$107.2 million) over two years for construction of the three plants by its subsidiary AES Rio PCH Ltda.

Nigeria plans four small hydros in Ekiti State

An adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo says the Nigeria government is pursuing development of four small hydroelectric projects in Ekiti State at Ipole Iloro Falls and at three existing dams.

Anthony Adegbulugbe, special adviser to the president on energy matters, made the remarks during a two-day tour of proposed hydropower sites in the state.

Adegbulugbe said proposed hydro projects at the falls and at Ero, Egbe, and Itapaji dams are expected to total 10 to 15 mw. If approved, the projects are expected to cost the federal government about US$4 million.

In a statement issued by Ekiti State, the official said consultation has begun with foreign experts and that his visit was to obtain first-hand information on the condition of the dams. Adegbulugbe said the project would complement an initiative of Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) and ensure uninterrupted power supply in the state.

In 2006, PHCN called for expressions of interest to develop a feasibility study and design of grid-connected small hydropower plants for rural electrification. The Nigerian government received a US$172 million credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association to finance the program.

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