Later this week the country’s power regulator should confirm the five consortia that were selected in the CSP R&D programme launched in 2015, which aims to have experimental plants built by 2020, and promote expertise and technology transfer.

At the time, 28 groups declared initial interest but several of them joined forces. The selected companies include federal power companies Chesf and Eletrosul, state oil company Petrobras, the Termopernambuco gas-fired power plant owned by Iberdrola’s local venture Neoenergia, and São Paulo’s state power company Cesp.