CTG Brasil, one of the main private electricity generators of the country, will invest R$ 704 million in the second phase of the modernization of Jupiá and Ilha Solteira plants, the two largest hydropower plants managed by the company.
The total investment in modernization is R$ 3 billion and the project should last from eight to ten years. It is the largest investment in modernization ever made in Brazilian plants, which reinforces the company’s commitment to the country in the long term.
The modernization objective is to improve the efficiency, reliability and availability of the hydropower plants, which have been operating for more than 40 years. A complete automation system will be implemented, ensuring that Ilha Solteira and Jupiá can continue with a key role in the country’s energy matrix.
“Our main objective is to improve the efficiency of our operation, ensuring the availability required by increasing the reliability of the plants with updated technical solutions,” says Evandro Vasconcelos, generation VP of CTG Brasil.
“We believe that, although efficient, most of the country’s generation assets have space to be modernized, promoting greater efficiency in the sector. As one of the largest generators in the country, CTG knows about its role in this process, working on the modernization of its main assets”, the executive concludes.
The first phase of modernization began in March 2017, with investments of R$ 300 million. In the second phase will be more eight modernized generating units (four in each plant). GE Renewable Energy, WEG and Sepco1 are the companies contracted at this stage of the project, which should be completed in 2021.
GE Renewable Energy will be responsible for the complete modernization of eight generating units and their respective Electrical and Mechanical Auxiliary Systems, including Spillways. This work will be done in partnership with the Chinese Power Construction Corporation and Harbin Electric Machinery Company Limited, which are part of the consortium that GE is a leader.
“We are delighted to contribute to the modernization of two important hydropower plants in Brazil,” says Mauro Cruz, General Manager of GE’s Hydro Solutions in Latin America. “Our solution will help CTG Brasil to increase the lifetime of their plants and optimize their efficiency,” adds Mauro Cruz.
Sepco1 will be responsible for the complete delivery of Automation systems, including the implementation of a new Generation Operations Center (COG) in Ilha Solteira. Weg will supply the Transformers Lifts to UHE Ilha Solteira.
CTG Brasil has a very careful process of hiring suppliers and partners, which follows all Compliance policies. “These companies were selected because of the high quality of services associated with adequate value”, explains Evandro Vasconcelos.