Eletrosul OK for 144MW Chuí
Brazil's federal power company Eletrosul obtained the remaining four licenses for the 144MW Chuí complex in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, allowing the company to forecast the start of operations in May 2015, said a spokesperson.
Fepam, as the state environmental agency is called, gave the go-ahead this month for the 24MW Chuí I, the 22MW Chuí II, the 22MW Chuí IV and the 30MW Chuí V wind farms that make up the complex.
The other two wind farms of the complex, 22MW Minuano I (now Chuí VI) and 24MW Minuano II (now Chuí VII) had already obtained the final license from federal environmental agency Ibama in recent months. They should start commercial operations by the end of March 2015. According to the company, access roads to these two parks have already been built.
Ibama had to license the first two, because they are located very close to the Uruguayan border and come under federal legislation.
Total investments are estimated at R$600m ($267m). Spanish turbine maker, Gamesa will supply all 72, 2MW turbines for the whole complex, Eletrosul said.
The wind farms sold power in the A-3 auction in 2011 and should have been completed in March 2014, but delays in environmental licensing forced the company to postpone the start of the projects to the first half of 2015.