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Brazil energy news highlights from DIT

01 October 2021

The following market intelligence has been compiled and circulated by the Department for International Trade (DIT):

Shell plans to invest 3 billion reais (£416 million) in electric power in Brazil by 2025, the company’s local new energies head, Guilherme Perdigão, told a press conference. The funds will be earmarked for renewable energy, including PV solar and wind power projects, and thermoelectric plants fired by natural gas from its deepwater assets in the country and LNG imports.  [BNAmericas]

In early September, Governor Fátima Bezerra signed a memorandum of understanding between Rio Grande do Norte State government and the Internacional Energias Renováveis (IER) with the objective of promoting the development and implementation of projects for the generation of offshore wind energy and the production of green hydrogen. In 2020, IER started research on offshore wind energy projects, associated with the generation of green hydrogen, on the northern coast of RN. The Ventos Potiguar Offshore Wind Complex in the state coast foresees the installation of five plants with a capacity of 2.7 gigawatts, 207 generators, in the sea located between the cities of Pedra Grande and São Bento do Norte. [G1 - Portuguese Only]

The Brazilian Development Bank has approved a £ 23 million loan for the development of transmission projects for 390 MW of solar and hydropower plants. Under the terms of the loan, the fund will finance the implementation of three new power transmission lines, a brand new substation in Tocantins state as well as the expansion of another two lines in Tocantins and Bahia. [Renewables Now]

Brazilian power sector regulator Aneel has authorized a 409.3-MW biomass-fired power plant, the country’s largest, to commence test operations on September 2021. The Bracell Thermoelectric Power Plant, or UTE Bracell, is located in the municipality of Lencois Paulista, Sao Paulo state. The plant consists of three generating units operating in a cogeneration system, using residues of dissolving pulp production as fuel. [Renewables Now]

Brazil has 7,088.08 MW of installed capacity of distributed micro and mini-generation of energy and a total of 603,537 systems connected, according to the latest data from electricity regulator Aneel consulted. The photovoltaic source leads the segment, with 603,058 systems and 6,900.20 MW installed. In second place are the thermoelectric plants, with 338 generating units and 108.29 MW. Next are the hydro sources, with 71 units and 64.65 MW, surpassing wind power, which is with 70 systems and 14.93 MW. [Brasil Energy]

The Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation ROSATOM and the Brazilian nuclear power plant operator Eletronuclear have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The memorandum was signed on behalf of Rosatom by Kirill Borisovich Komarov, First Deputy Director General and Director of the Development and International Business Unit, and on behalf of Electronuclear by the company's President - Leonam dos Santos Guimarães. [ROSATOM Dept. of Comms]

Germany’s Sowitec will invest £ 711 million in three large projects in municipalities in the North of Minas Gerais, two of them exclusively from solar photovoltaic source and one hybrid, combining solar and wind power generation. The estimated power capacity of the first phases of the hybrid project is 600 MW of wind power and 400 MWac (520 MWp) of solar power. In subsequent phases of the project, the estimated capacities should jump to 1,400 MW of wind and 600 MWac (780 MWp) of solar. [Brasil Energy]

In August, the generating plants released for commercial operation by electricity regulator Aneel added 795.98 MW of installed capacity to the country’s energy matrix, registering the largest expansion this year. About 80% of the capacity added in the period came from wind, hydro and solar sources, and 282,635 MW refer to wind plants delivered before the deadline. [Brasil Energy]

As part of the strategy of the member companies of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Petrobras establishes its ambition to achieve Net Zero in the operations under its control, and also its intention to influence the same in non-operated assets, in a timely manner compatible with the Paris Agreement. [OGCI]

Brazil's BNDES and Eletrobras sign UN energy pact for decabornization - The National Development Bank (BNDES) and Eletrobras signed an Energy Pact to work together in the search for solutions that promote the generation of renewable energy in the Amazon. The Pact takes place within the scope of the United Nations (UN) global call for the presentation of "Energy Compacts", which were formalized during the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, an event held between the 22nd and September 24th. [BNAmericas]