Brazil Belo Monte Phase II UHV DC Transmission Project Achieves Substantial Breakthrough
The Project is scheduled to be completed and put into operation in November 2019
At 0:00 local time in Brazil on August 23, 2019, the Belo Monte Phase II UHV DC Transmission Project invested, constructed and to be operated by State Grid, successfully completed system commissioning, and testing on rated load and the 1.33 times overload. The system ran smoothly and equipment operation was normal, marking a substantial breakthrough.
The project, with a rated voltage of ±800 kV, a rated transmission capacity of 4GW and a total length of 2,539 km, sends clean hydro power from the Amazon River Basin in northern Brazil to the load center in Rio in the southeast of Brazil. As the largest transmission project in Brazil and an important energy transmission channel connecting the North and the South, it can meet the electricity demands of 22 million local people. Construction of the project began in August 2017 and is scheduled to be completed and put into operation in November 2019.
As a flagship for China's UHV technology to go global, the important achievement of State Grid to contribute the Belt and Road Initiative, and a model of China-Brazil infrastructure cooperation, this project is of great significance in promoting China's advanced power transmission technology and equipment to go global, as well as in enhancing win-win cooperation for competitive production capacity with mutual benefits.
Sources: State Grid's Department of UHV Transmission Projects, Department of Public Relations, Department of International Cooperation, and State Grid International Development Co., Ltd.