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Brazil projected to add 900MW of thermal power by year-end

Posted on July 24, 2023

Approximately 900MW of thermal power is scheduled to come online in Brazil before the end of 2023, according to data from watchdog Aneel.

Located in Rio de Janeiro state, the Marlim Azul natural gas-fired plant represents more than half of the total forecast installed capacity, with 566MW.

The project, owned by a consortium formed by Pátria Investimentos (50.1%), Shell Brasil (29.9%) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (20%) is scheduled to begin operations on September 8.

In terms of installed capacity, the four subsequent plants are Inpasa, in Mato Grosso, with 40.4MW, CMPC (Rio Grande do Sul/31.4MW), LAR Cooperativa Agroindustrial (Mato Grosso do Sul/21.5MW) and 3 Tentos Vera (Mato Grosso do Sul/9.57MW). All are biomass-fired.

The full list can be seen here:

Source: BNamericas based on Aneel data


Brazil currently has 46.4GW of thermal power capacity, which accounts for about 25% of the national installed generation (194GW).

The country ended the first half of 2023 with an increase of 5.1GW in installed electricity generation capacity.

Of the 160 plants that started commercial operation between January and June, 67 were wind power, accounting for 2.3GW, 59 PV solar (2.2GW); 23 thermoelectric (521.4MW); eight small hydro (121.5MW), and three hydroelectric plants (11.4MW).


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