CTG Brasil celebrates in July its first year as operator of the Ilha Solteira and Jupiá hydropower plants on the Paraná River, on the border of the states of São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul. Regarding this period, Li Yinsheng, CEO of CTG Brasil, highlights the company’s commitment to good relations with the surrounding community through social and environmental projects and initiatives targeted at these communities.
During this first year of operations, the company, which during the transition period saw 84% of the former concessionaire’s employees accept CTG Brasil’s job offers, implemented a management model focused on the development of people and the nurturing of local talents.
Another relevant point, according to the company’s chief executive, is the plan to modernize the two power plants, which will receive investments of around R$ 3 billion. Initially, four of the 34 generating units will be modernized – two from Jupiá and two from Ilha Solteira -, with completion expected in 15 months.
CTG Brasil intends to modernize all generating units in the next 10 years, ensuring that Ilha Solteira and Jupiá maintain their leading role in the Brazilian energy matrix. “Jupiá and Ilha Solteira are landmark projects in the Brazilian energy generation market. This modernization plan reinforces our long-term commitment to the country and to the quality and reliability of our assets”, said Li Yinsheng.
In this first year, CTG Brasil filed with IBAMA its Basic Environmental Plan (PBA), which contains legal obligations foreseen in the licensing and includes all socio-environmental programs to be implemented at the plants. While awaiting approval, the company has been carrying out socio-environmental actions with the community, especially with public school students.
CTG Brasil also relaunched the Ecotime program, which brings together employees in multidisciplinary teams with the goal of promoting voluntary initiatives and environmental education for both employees and the community. Among these actions are book donations, environmental education classes, selective garbage collection, cooking oil and electronics for recycling collection.
In addition to the environmental education programs, the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira plants are committed to monitoring the resrvoir’s water quality and releasing more than 2.1 million fish fingerlings per year in its reservoirs, an action to be carried out after authorization from IBAMA. The production of these fish fingerlings will take place in the fish farm of the Salto Grande plant, located on the Paranapanema River, in partnership with Rio Paranapanema Energia, a subsidiary of the CTG Group in Brazil.
Another of CTG Brasil’s commitments is the correct destination of all the waste generated in Jupiá and Ilha Solteira to specialized companies, for treatment. Recyclable waste is sent to cooperatives and recyclers.
The company has also worked intensively with the users of the banks of the reservoirs, doing surveys in the field, promoting respect for limits and regularizing the uses and occupations of their areas, with a special focus on the environmental preservation of the permanent preservation areas (APP).