Presidente Médici Candiota power station

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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 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]

Project Details

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

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