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Cleaner-Burning Natural Gas Engines For Amazon Project

Posted on January 29, 2010

Seeking to fulfill local utility plans in Brazil, independent power producer Breitener Energética S.A. has launched a project to replace power plants running on heavy fuel-oil with cleaner-burning natural gas engines supplied by GE while creating a more reliable energy source for the country's northern regions.

Brazil has established a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by between 36.1 and 38.9% from projected amounts in 2020. Breitener is converting its UTE Mattos and UTE Fran heavy fuel-oil plants to use natural gas, which produces fewer emissions compared to heavy fuel-oil. The power company will then install 46 of GE's low-emission Jenbacher gas engine generator sets - 23 units at each plant site - to generate a combined 120 MW for the Amazon city of Manaus, northern Brazil's second-largest city.

The natural gas will be delivered by a new pipeline connecting the oil and gas fields of Urucu in northern Brazil with the city of Manaus, enhancing Brazil's domestic energy security.

Breitener cited GE's expanded gas engine manufacturing center in Jenbach, Austria, for having the engine production capacity needed to meet the power company's delivery and construction schedules. GE is scheduled to deliver the first four gen-sets in April 2010. Installation will begin as soon as the units arrive at the site.

For more information: www.ge.com

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