US power plant builder APR Energy (APR) has announced that it will supply Evolution Power Partners (EPP) with a 228 MW gas-fired power plant, to be located in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The plant will be powered by eight GE TM2500 gas turbines and is scheduled to start commercial operations in May 2022.
Brazil has been experiencing the worst drought it has had for nearly a century, which has impacted the availability of hydropower in the country. With 60 per cent of Brazil’s electricity coming through hydropower, the economy has been impacted. The Itaguai plant is intended to help relieve the situation.
ANEEL , Brazil’s National Electricity Regulatory Agency, held auctions for power generation in October 2021, and EPP was one of the auction winners.
Mauricio Carvalho of EPP said: “Fulfilling Brazil’s energy needs takes innovation, reliability, and proven results. Our new partnership with APR Energy exemplifies this approach. APR brings a track record of executing energy projects in a range of configurations and jurisdictions across the world.”