Brazil's power supply secure, despite project delays

BRASILIA, Brazil 4/13/12 (PennWell) -- Recent delays on key hydroelectric projects will not threaten Brazil's power supply, the government's federal mining and energy ministry (MME) says.

Brazil's 10-year energy plan says the country must add 70 GW of power to its national grid by 2020, although officials say 65% of that total has already been contracted.

"The situation is comfortable," says MME planning and development secretary Altino Ventura. "There is no reason to be anxious. We are convinced that the energy demands of Brazil will be safely met."

Ventura says a time surplus has always been part of the plan, meaning interruptions at the 3,750-MW Jirau, 11,200-MW Belo Monte, 1,800-MW Teles Pires and 3,150-MW Santo Antonio hydropower plants shouldn't cause supply problems.

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