Brazil’s Eletrobras unveils plans to invest US$1.6 billion in modernization

The company's projects include large group units such as Paulo Afonso IV, Sobradinho, Xingó, Marimbondo, Itumbiara, and Tucuruí.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Eletrobras has announced a R$8.3 (US$1.6) billion program to purchase more modern equipment and modernize and digitalize its plants between 2021 and 2025.

A hydroelectric plant's aging process, with the wear and tear of turbines and installed equipment, has a direct impact on its efficiency.

Throughout its operation, the units are often unavailable for maintenance, thus affecting the generation volume. According to data from the Energy Research Company (EPE), in recent years the availability index of hydroelectric plants between 59 MW and 699 MW has decreased, and one of the reasons . . .

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