Brazilian court suspends bidding process for Belo Monte Dam (2)

11:23, April 20, 2010      

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It is the second time Judge Campelo has ordered the suspension of the Belo Monte Dam's bidding process. Last week, the same court decided to suspend the process, but the decision was overturned by higher courts.

The dam is supposed to be built on the Xingu River in northeastern Brazil. It will be the country's second largest hydroelectric power station with an installed capacity of 11 gigawatts.

The total cost of the project is estimated to reach 10.8 billion dollars.

The construction of the dam, planned since the 1970s, has been the target of criticism among traditional communities, indigenous leaders and environmental organizations due to its potential environmental impact.

But according to Mines and Energy Ministry, the plant is "considered by the government a priority project to ensure the electrical power required for the growth of the country."

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