Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle Power Plants in Brazil

Aureliano Chaves (Ibirite)
Location: MG
Operator: Ibiritermo SA
Configuration: 226-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle with 7001FA gas turbine
Operation: 2002-2003
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: STF
T/G supplier: GE, Tosi
EPC: PB Power
Quick facts: In June 2002, simple-cycle operations started after about a year of construction at this CCGT plant on a 12ha site at the Petrobras Gabriel Passos refinery (Regap) in Belo Horizonte. The project started as a 50:50 joint venture between Fiat and Petrobras, but in late 2001, year Fiat sold its stake to Edison SpA. The joint venture company is known as Ibiritermo SA. The steam turbine came online in Jun 2003 nine weeks ahead of schedule. Natural gas is delivered from the offshore Campos Basin via the Rio-Belo Horizonte pipeline. BNP Paribas was the lead financial arranger and secured a $65mn loan partially guaranteed by the Italian export credit agency Servizi Assicurativi per il Commercio Estero. The project also obtained a $66mn direct loan from the U.S. Eximbank plus a $22mn local currency loan from BNDES. Two additional blocks were originally planned.

Photograph courtesy of UltraJato Anticorrosão e Pinturas Industriais Ltda
Posted 11 Jul 2009

Barbosa Lima Sobrinho
Location: RJ
Operator: Petrobras
Configuration: 8 X 48 MW LM6000 Sprint gas turbine
Operation: 2001
Fuel: natural gas
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Petrobras bought the Eletrobolt plant from Enron creditors in Aug 2004 for $189mn.

Photograph courtesy of Eletrobolt
Posted 16 Jan 2004


Fafen Energia (Camacari)
Location: BA
Operator: Fafen Energia
Configuration: 134-MW, 3+1 combined-cycle with RB211 gas turbine
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: FW
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, MAN
EPC: Rolls-Royce

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 11 Feb 2004


Location: RJ
Operator: Petrobras
Configuration: 20 X 46 MW LM6000 gas turbine
Operation: 2001
Fuel: natural gas
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Acquired from El Paso Corp May 2006. This is the largest simple-cycle, GT power plant in Brazil. Originally developed by Enron as the Eletrobolt project

Photograph courtesy of El Paso Corp
Posted 14 Oct 2003


Norte Fluminense
Location: RJ
Operator: UTE Norte Fluminense
Configuration: 780-MW, 3+1 combined-cycle with W501FD gas turbines
Operation: 2003-2004
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: SWPC
EPC: Parsons Energy & Chemical, Promon Engenharia, Odebrecht
Quick facts: The plant is owned by EDF (90%) and Petrobras (10%).

Photograph courtesy of UTE Norte Fluminense
Posted 25 Mar 2005


Location: RN
Operator: Petrobas
Configuration: 2 X 171 MW 7001FA gas turbines, CHP
Operation: 2007-20082
Fuel: natural gas, refinery offgas
HRSG supplier: Vogt
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: CNEC Engenharia, PB Power
Quick facts: Termoaçu supplies electricity for Neoenergia distributors Coelba and Cosern and 610 tph of steam used by Petrobras for oil field injection. The total cost of the plant was $300mn of which $85mn was for the gas turbines. After being stalled for 2yrs, the project was restarted following a Sep 2004 agreement between Neoenergia and Petrobras whereby the oil company took on all remaining investments and diluted Neoenergia’s stake to around 21%.

Photograph courtesy of Neoenergia SA
Posted 5 Apr 2009

Location: BA
Operator: Termobahia SA
Configuration: 190-MW, single-shaft combined-cycle with GT24 gas turbine
Operation: 2002
Fuel: natural gas, refinery offgas
HRSG supplier: CMI
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: The $250mn CC plant (foreground) supplies electricity and 350 t/h of steam to the Petrobras Landulfo Alves Refinery (RLAM) refinery at Mataripe (rear of photo).

Photograph courtesy of Termobahia SA
Posted 9 Feb 2003

Location: CE
Operator: Centrais Geradora Termofortaleza
Configuration: 311-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with GT11N2 gas turbines
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Mitsui, Kawasaki

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 16 Apr 2004

Termo Norte II
Location: RO
Operator: Termo Norte Energia Ltda
Configuration: 360-MW, 3+1 combined-cycle with 7001EA gas turbines
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: GE, Fuji
EPC: Hyundai, Roberto Passarini Ltda
Quick facts: This site is 8km from Porto Velho. El Paso International was an original developer of the plant, but sold out to its partner CS Participações Ltda in Feb 2009. Termonorte I is a 60-MW diesel power plant built in 2000.

Photograph by Braulio Gerhardt (Panoramio)
Posted 11 Jul 2009

Location: PE
Operator: Guaraniana SA
Configuration: 500-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle cogen block with 9001FA gas turbines
Operation: 2004
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Odebrecht, Promon Engenharia, Inepar
Quick facts: The Inter-American Development Bank loaned $192mn for this $404mn project.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola
Posted 14 Aug 2005


TermoRio (Leonel Brizola)
Location: RJ
Operator: TermoRio (Petrobras)
Configuration: Three 348-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle cogen blocks with GT11N-2 gas turbines
Operation: 2004-2005
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: CMI
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: In Sep 2001, Alstom was awarded a $550mn turkey contract for TermoRio including engineering, civil works and construction management, a high-voltage gas-insulated substation, I&C systems, and commissioning. This is the largest combined-cycle cogen plant in Brazil and can supply up to 400 tph of steam to the Duque de Caxias Oil Refinery (REDUC) owned by Petrobras.

Photograph courtesy of TermoRio
Posted 12 Aug 2005

Location: RS
Operator: AES Sao Paulo
Configuration: 520-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with W501F gas turbines
Operation: 2000
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: NEM
T/G supplier: SWPC
EPC: SWPC, Promon Engenharia, MPA, EBE
Quick facts: In Apr 1997,
Cia Estadual de Energia Eletrica announced that AES Corp had been selected to develop this $350mn plant on a BOO basis with a 20yr PPA. In Sep 1998, the IDB approved $132.8mn of financing for the plant as a direct loan to AES without government guarantees. BNDES also supported the project. In Oct 1999, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC) approved a $115mn loan for the plant. The first gas turbine went into operation at the end of Jun 2000. Repsol YPF supplies gas through the TGM pipeline.

Photograph courtesy of Promon Engenharia
Posted 6 May 2006


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 07/11/09