Brazil's Alupar switches on 252 MW Ferreira Gomes hydro project

Brazilian energy project developer Alupar has begun commercial operations at the 252 MW Ferreira Gomes hydroelectric plant in the northern state of Amapá.

The facility's first 84 MW turbine started generating power on Tuesday – almost two months ahead of schedule, Alupar said in a statement.

The plant has been operating in test mode since September 2 and was connected to the national grid on October 8.

According to Alupar, the project, in the Araguari river basin, has received investments of $415 million.

Located in Brazil's extreme north, Amapá has a population of 700,000, making it the second least populous state in Brazil behind Roraima, also in the country's north.

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