Large hydro plant gets green light for black start system

Brazil's power sector watchdog Aneel has approved the installation of a black-start, diesel-fuelled generator at the 3750 MW Jirau hydroelectric facility.

Energia Sustentavel do Brasil is the consortium which holds the concession for the plant.

Under the approval, the consortium is allowed to spend a total of $80,089 on the project's execution, it is reported.

The expense will be reimbursed by CCEE, the country's energy clearing house, with resources collected via electricity system service charges, SeeNews Renewables said.

Following the upgrade, Jirau will be able to restore its generation capacity without the need of an external energy source.

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