Brazil to use China's UHV power transmission technologies in hydroelectric dam project

09:53, April 14, 2011      

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The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), a state-owned utility company, said on Wednesday that Brazil would adopt its ultra-high voltage (UHV) electricity transmission technologies in a hydroelectric dam project in the country.

The company's technologies would help the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon River Basin transmit electricity 2,000 kilometers away to Brazil's developed regions in the south and southeast.

"The company led the world in UHV electricity transmission and smart grid technologies, so we invited it to participate in the project," said Edison Lobao, Brazil's Mines and Energy Minister.

Shu Yinbiao, vice president of the SGCC, said the company would build a joint venture with Eletronbras, the Brazilian state power company, to invest in, build and operate the dam project.

The two companies would also launch cooperation in the development of renewable energy, design, operation and maintenance of grid network and personnel exchanges.

The Belo Monte Dam, the world's third largest hydroelectric dam, will start operation in 2015 with an installed capacity of 11 million kilowatts.

The SGCC bought seven Brazilian power transmission companies for 989 million U.S. dollars last December, becoming Brazil's fifth largest electricity operator.

Source: Xinhua
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