The tender organized by the CEA (Companhia de Eletricidade do Amapa) supervised by ANEEL (the Brazilian regulatory agency), concerned the electricity supply Oiapoque.
This city of 23,000 inhabitants is located in the state of Amapa in northeastern Brazil, near the border with French Guiana.
Oiapoque is not connected to the Brazilian national grid; so far, all the electricity consumed by the city was produced by diesel generators.
Voltalia cover the electricity needs of the city round the clock for 15 years from the 4th quarter of 2015, up to a maximum of 12 MW contract. The current average consumption Oiapoque is about 38 GWh per year, with a peak power requirement of 7 MW.
Most of the electricity generated will be supplied with a new 7.5 MW hydroelectric plant to be built in the coming years, the rest being supplied by thermal generators from Q4 2015 The power plant will be built in the city of Oiapoque while the hydroelectric plant will be located close at Cafesoca jump on the Brazilian side of the river Oiapoque.
Voltalia must obtain approval and final permits before starting to produce electricity locally and build the hydroelectric plant.
As part of this tender, Voltalia is the only competitor with proposed renewable energy. This project will reduce by 85% the emission of greenhouse gas emissions through the new powerhouse.
“Voltalia strengthens in hydro, says Sébastien Clerc, CEO Voltalia. We intend to continue to develop in this area in the years to come.”