Copel 600MW into Brazil tender

Brazilian state-owned utility Copel plans to enter about 600MW in the country's upcoming wind-only power tender, Recharge has learned.

Copel director of new energies Henrique Ternes said the projects that will take part in the 23 August tender are being advanced in partnership with local developers, under a scheme in which Copel has a 49.9% stake in the consortiums.

About 400MW is located in Bahia and 200MW in Rio Grande do Norte – both states in the northeast of Brazil.

Last week, Copel announced the purchase of 184MW from developer Casa dos Ventos. French manufacturer Alstom will be the turbine supplier for those projects, which are slated to become operational by the beginning of 2015.

“We are constantly looking to buy projects with financial problems, such as those we bought last week,” Ternes told Recharge.

São Bento Energia – the other 94MW wind plant that Copel is currently building – will be equipped by Vestas, and is scheduled to start spinning by September this year.

Ternes revealed that Copel is negotiating with Galvão group, that project’s current majority owner, to buy a controlling stake.

Ternes said Copel is currently holding talks with six turbine manufacturers over deals for the 23 August tender. “We are also looking at some importing alternatives”, he added – but denies that Chinese turbines are on the company's radar.

“There's no Chinese deal. It's something different,” he said, while declining to give more details.

Copel is owned by the government of Paraná, a Brazilian state located in the south region. It has operations in different areas, such as generation, transmission, distribution and trading of energy.