Brazil's power regulator Aneel has approved the startup of a sixth generating unit at the $8 billion, 3.15 GW Santo Antônio hydroelectric plant in the Amazon, according to BNamericas.
The 69.5 MW capacity turbine will reportedly begin testing before entering the full operational phase. The plant is expected to use 44 turbines in total, with eight of them coming online before the end of 2012.
Santo Antônio Energia is owned by Eletrobras Furnas (39 percent), Caixa FIP Amazônia Energia (20 percent), Odebrecht (18.6 percent), Andrade Gutierrez (12.4 percent) and Cemig (NYSE: CIG) 10 percent.
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