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Electricity transmission systems in Brazil

Electricity transmission systems in Brazil

Elecnor's businesses are divided into two large groups: 1) engineering, construction and services, and 2) development of and investment in energy plants and infrastructure, both owned and under concession.

By the end of the 1990s, the Company saw the possibility of becoming an active player in the construction, funding and operation of electricity transmission grids in Brazil. In 2000 Elecnor joined forces with other sector companies to secure a first electricity transmission project consisting of 500 kV lines almost 600 km in length and the related substations.

Since 2000, Elecnor (alone or in partnerships) has been awarded 19 transmission concessions in Brazil for a total of more than 8,000 km of 500 kV and 230 kV transmission lines and the related substations. 

In 2009, Elecnor incorporated a subsidiary, Celeo, to oversee its transmission assets in Brazil and Chile and develop and operate transmission projects in these two countries.

The Group currently participates - after two corporate restructuring exercises -, alone or in consortia with other companies, in 11 transmission concessions in Brazil with over 3,700 km of lines in all and the related substations with 9,000 MWV of transformation capacity, as well as in two transmission concessions in Chile.

A Systems Operations Centre (SOC) in Rio de Janeiro for management of Elecnor's transmission lines

In line with its strategy of managing the investments in power transmission lines in Brazil, Elecnor has set up a Systems Operations Centre (SOC) at its Rio de Janeiro offices, from where it can manage and control the lines hooked up to the backbone network (SIN).

Until now, operations were managed locally, through a number of centres located across Brazil, some by Elecnor personnel and some outsourced to other companies. Implementation of the COS began in 2001 and the COS in Rio de Janeiro began managing its first lines in December that year. The transition process was completed in August 2012. Since then, the COS has managed the operations of all the transmission lines that are wholly owned by Elecnor.

The COS has a staff of eight, working different shifts to provide 24/7/365 coverage, servicing over 1,300 km of lines and 14 substations with voltage ranging from 525 to 138 kV. Three new projects, currently under construction, are scheduled to be added to Elecnor's operational structure in Rio de Janeiro over the course of 2013 and 2014.

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Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
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Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil
Electricity transmission systems in Brazil