China and Brazil sign an agreement on a historic clean energy transmission project

Rio substation for the Belo Monte Phase II high-speed transmission project, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: China Media Group)

China and Brazil signed a 30-year concession agreement for a high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) power transmission line project in northeastern Brazil on Wednesday in Brasilia.

UHVDC is expected to be operational in 2029.

Aiming to promote the national transition to clean, low-carbon energy, the landmark project aims to provide clean wind, solar and hydroelectric power from northeastern and northern Brazil to the central part of the country.

Considered the largest auction of power transmission infrastructure projects ever in Brazil, China’s State Grid won the project last December, following the Chinese company’s two previous bids for the Belo Monte UHVDC transmission project in Brazil.

The new engineering project extends over 1,468 kilometres, and includes the construction of an 800 kV direct current transmission line to supply 5 million kilowatts of clean energy from wind and solar farms in the Northeast to key areas in the Southeast, including urban areas in Brasilia. .

In this case, the new project will benefit more than 12 million people and support Brazil’s green development goals, ensuring the flow of renewable energy generation in the northeastern region, which is witnessing a boom in wind and solar power plants.

UHVDC project signing ceremony, Brasilia, April 3, 2024. (Photo: China Media Group)

The concession contract signing ceremony, which was held at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia, was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Brazil Zhou Qingqiao, Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Alexandre Silveira, and Sandoval Feitosa, President of the National Electric Power Agency. (snake).

The contract was signed between the project company Grid China Branch in Brazil and ANEEL.

Brazilian Minister Alexandre Silveira stressed that the mega project will play an important role in improving the safe and stable operation of the Brazilian electricity grid, promoting the use of wind and solar energy in the Northeast and supporting the green and low-carbon development of Brazil’s economy. And society.

(Web Editor: Rosa Liu, Zhao Jian)

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