Presidente Médici Candiota power station

From Global Energy Monitor


President Medici (Candiota) power station is a 350-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. An additional 446 MW of capacity were retired in 2017.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Candiota, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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The first phase of construction terminated in 1974 with the opening of Units 1 and 2; a second phase, encompassing Units 3 & 4, was completed in 1986, and a third, more significant expansion (also known as Phase C) undertaken with cooperation from the Chinese government resulted in the opening of Unit 5 in 2010, nearly doubling the plant's output.[2]

In 2017, Brazil's national energy agency ANEEL ordered the indefinite shutdown of Units 3 & 4 pending compliance with Brazilian environmental regulations.[3] In February 2018 it was reported that ANEEL had also shut down Units 1 & 2 as of the end of 2017 and that Units 1-4 were now retired due to problems with their reliability and the government's unwillingness to extend their environmental license.[1]

Unit 5 was shut down in December 2018 for extensive maintenance work to address equipment wear caused by the high ash local coal that fuels the plant, with operations expected to resume in March 2019.[4]

Current energy contracts for Unit 5 remain in effect through December 2024. As of early March 2020, plant sponsor CGTEE reportedly planned to enter Candiota Unit 5 in Brazil's April 2020 A-5 energy auction in hopes of extending the plant's life span[5][6]; however, the auction was postponed indefinitely later that month due to the coronavirus pandemic[7] and has since been rescheduled for September 2021.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: CGTEE (Cia Geração Térmica Energia Elétrica)[4]
  • Parent company: Eletrobras[4]
  • Location: Candiota, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Coordinates: -31.5514, -53.6828 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Retired (1974-2017)[1]
    • Unit 2: Retired (1974-2017)[1]
    • Unit 3: Retired (1986-2017)[1]
    • Unit 4: Retired (1986-2017)[1]
    • Unit 5: Operating (2010)
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 63MW
    • Unit 2: 63MW
    • Unit 3: 160MW
    • Unit 4: 160MW
    • Unit 5: 350MW[4]
  • Type: Supercritical
  • In service: 2010
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Candiota mine
  • Source of financing: China Development Bank, BNP Paribas

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Termelétrica a carvão da Eletrobras encerra operação no Rio Grande do Sul, Globo, Feb. 26, 2018
  2. "Candiota". CGTEE. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  3. "Despacho da Aneel formaliza suspensão da Fase B,", Jornal Minuano, June 19, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Candiota 3 voltará a gerar eletricidade em março". Jornal do Comércio. January 30, 2019.
  5. "Candiota 3 pode participar de leilão de energia". Jornal do Comércio. March 4, 2020.
  6. "Fase C da Usina de Candiota quer participar do próximo leilão de energia". Jornal Tribuna do Pampa. 2020-03-14.
  7. "MME posterga realização dos leilões de energia elétrica e de transmissão". EPE (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética). March 30, 2020.
  8. "Leilões de energia representam oportunidades para o setor". UNICA. December 9, 2020.

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