Brazil's 700 MW hydropower plant wins environmental OK

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Brazilian environmental regulator Ibama has approved an installation permit for the 700 MW São Manoel hydroelectric plant in the Amazon basin.

Terra Nova, the consortium responsible for the project, agreed to implement 37 environmental programs during the power plant's construction, according to federal gazette Diário Oficial da União.

The decision ends a two-year impasse prompted by Ibama's demand for further environmental impact studies.

Located on the Teles Pires River in Brazil's western state of Mato Grosso, São Manoel's 30-year operating concession was secured by Terra Nova during December's A-5 auction.

The joint venture comprises EDP Energias do Brasil (33.3 percent), China's CWE Investment Corp. and Brazilian state-run utility Furnas (33.3 percent).

The plant is due to begin operating in 2018 with investments of $1.13 billion.

Other hydroelectric plants being built on the Teles Pires River are Colíder (300 MW), Teles Pires (1.82 GW) and Sinop (400 MW).

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