CTSul power station

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CTSul power station (UTE CTSul) is a cancelled power station in Cruzeiro do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
CTSul power station Cruzeiro do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil -29.515088, -51.993256 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 650 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 CTSul [100.0%]


Originally proposed in 1997, the plant received funding in 2003 from the Brazil-based CTSul (Central Termoelétrica Sul) investment group.[1] A construction agreement was signed the following year (2004) with China-based CMEC (China National Machinery and Equipment Import Export Corporation), and in 2006 the plant got a green light from Rio Grande do Sul's state environmental authority Fepam.[2] In 2009 Brazil's national electrical energy agency ANEEL granted its approval for the project.[3]

In June 2013, CTSul announced an operating partnership with General Electric Power & Water[4] and won approval to participate in Brazil's national energy auctions. However, management ultimately declined to participate in either the August or December 2013 auction due to concerns about unviably low per-KWh prices.[5] The next year, higher energy prices prompted CTSul to participate in Brazil's November 2014 energy auction[6], but the company's bid was unsuccessful, losing out to Tractebel's Pampa power station.[7] In February 2015, the news site Jornal Minuano reported that CTSul was eligible to participate in Brazil's next energy auction in April 2015[8], but CTSul did not appear on the official list of registrants released by Brazilian energy agency ANEEL in March 2015.

In May 2016, Brazil's national electrical energy agency ANEEL officially revoked its authorization for development of the CTSul coal-fired plant, citing excessive delays, failure to meet deadlines, and a general lack of economic viability based on CTSul's failure to attract new investors and the non-competitive prices offered at Brazil's national energy auction.[3]

As of January 2018, given the lack of subsequent references to the CTSul power station in government reports and in the Brazilian press, the project appears to have been definitively abandoned.

Articles and Resources


  1. "CTSul to invest US$698mn in 650MW coal-fired plant,", BNAmericas, May 27, 2003.
  2. "Projeto CTSul recebe Licença Prévia da Fepam". Portal do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. February 8, 2006.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Autorização para usina da CTSul é revogada". Jornal do Comércio. June 1, 2016.
  4. "CTSul e General Eletric apresentam planos de parceria durante visita à CRM". Secretaria de Logística e Transportes. June 3, 2013.
  5. "CTSUL tira térmica a carvão de leilão por causa de tarifa baixa". Valor Econômico. August 23, 2013.
  6. "Carvão Mineral tem quatro projetos inscritos para o leilão de energia A-5,", SieceSC, July 1, 2014.
  7. "Confirmada nova usina em Candiota (p 19),", Jornal Minuano, November 28, 2014.
  8. "Leilão A-5 terá quatro térmicas a carvão (p 5),", Jornal Minuano, February 5, 2015.

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