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 or Candiota III) 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 and upgrade work to address equipment wear caused by the high ash local coal that fuels the plant.[4] Unit 5 resumed normal operations in November 2020.[5]

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[6][7]; however, the auction was postponed indefinitely later that month due to the coronavirus pandemic[8] and has since been rescheduled for September 2021.[9]

In April 2022, Rio Grande do Sul state deputy Paparico Bacchi met with Brazil's Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, urging him to extend federal government subsidies to the Presidente Medici coal plant from 2025 to 2040, as had already been done for the Jorge Lacerda power station in neighboring Santa Catarina state. Mr Albuquerque indicated that he planned to visit Candiota, where the Presidente Medici plant is located, and that he remained open to considering all energy sources in Brazil's electrical generation matrix.[10]

Environmental and Health Impacts

Government agencies and NGOs have raised concerns about damage to the environment and the health of local residents caused by coal pollution from the Presidente Medici plant, calling on at least one occasion for the plant to be shut down pending further investigation.[11][12]

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)[5]
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 63MW
    • Unit 2: 63MW
    • Unit 3: 160MW
    • Unit 4: 160MW
    • Unit 5: 350MW[4][5]
  • Type: Supercritical
  • In service: 2010[5]
  • 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. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Uma década da Termelétrica Candiota III". CGT Eletrosul. January 1, 2021.
  6. "Candiota 3 pode participar de leilão de energia". Jornal do Comércio. March 4, 2020.
  7. "Fase C da Usina de Candiota quer participar do próximo leilão de energia". Jornal Tribuna do Pampa. 2020-03-14.
  8. "MME posterga realização dos leilões de energia elétrica e de transmissão". EPE (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética). March 30, 2020.
  9. "Leilões de energia representam oportunidades para o setor". UNICA. December 9, 2020.
  10. "Produção de fertilizantes e energia pautam ações do deputado Paparico em Brasília". Assembleia Legislativa - Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. April 13, 2022.
  11. "RS - Complexo Termelétrico de Candiota prejudica saúde da população". Mapa de Conflitos Envolvendo Injustiça Ambiental e Saúde no Brasil. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  12. "Termoelétrica no RS deve fechar, diz MPF". O Eco. 2011-02-10.

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