Porto do Pecém power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Brazilcoal}}Porto do Pecém is a 1,085-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in São Gonçalo do Amarante, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near São Gonçalo do Amarante, Ceará, Brazil.

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Brazilian energy company Eneva (formerly MPX Energia SA) and power holding company EDP Energias no Brasil each hold a 50 per cent stake in the 720 MW Pecém I station, which was originally licensed in 2006. Pecém I won a contract in Brazil's October 2007 A-5 energy auction to produce an annual average of 615MW of power over a 15-year period, and in January 2012 received permission from the Brazilian authorities to begin testing the first coal unit.[1] In December 2012, Brazil's energy regulator ANEEL authorized Pecém I's first unit to begin commercial operations[2], and in May 2013, Pecém I's second unit also received the green light from ANEEL to start operating commercially.[3] A newer addition, the 365 MW Pecém II plant, owned 50% by Eneva and 50% by E.ON, completed its testing phase in June 2013 and received ANEEL's authorization to begin commercial operations in October 2013.[4]

Proposed Expansion

In October 2017, EDP Vice President Luiz Otavio announced that his company was considering development of a new R$1.5-billion unit to be fueled with Colombian coal, either at the existing Porto do Pecém location or at a separate location in one of two competing (but unnamed) Brazilian states.[5]

Environmental impact

In May 2019 it was announced that 43 families living near the Pecém port and industrial complex would receive compensation for their exposure to coal dust from the plant. The impact on these families was not addressed by the plant's original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
    • Unit 1: Eneva/EDP Energias no Brasil
    • Unit 2: Eneva/EDP Energias no Brasil
    • Unit 3: Eneva/E.ON
  • Parent company:
  • Location: São Gonçalo do Amarante, Ceará, Brazil
  • Coordinates: -3.5827, -38.875 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating (2012)
    • Unit 2: Operating (2013)
    • Unit 3: Operating (2013)
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 360MW
    • Unit 2: 360MW
    • Unit 3: 365MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Brazil to begin testing of new 360 MW coal fired unit", PEI, January 2, 2012.
  2. "Pecém I,", Eneva website, accessed October 2015.
  3. "UTE Pecém II já opera comercialmente,", Diario do Nordeste, May 11, 2013.
  4. "Pecém II,", Eneva website, accessed October 2015.
  5. "CE concorre a usina de R$ 1,5 bilhão,", O Povo, October 6, 2017.
  6. anos por fuligem de carvão mineral serão indenizadas no Ceará, globo.com, May 16, 2019

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