Mitsubishi, CONSAG building Brazilian power plant

By Jack Burke16 May 2023

Peaking plant will be capable of 1.6 GW

Mitsubishi Power to supply technology to Brazil’s largest peaking power plant. (Image: Mitsubishi Power)

Mitsubishi Power Americas and engineering company CONSAG have signed an agreement with Portocem Geração de Energia S.A. for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the Portocem Thermoelectric Power Plant (UTE Portocem) in Brazil. 

Portocem Geração de Energia S.A was the biggest winner of the first Power Capacity Reserve Auction in Brazil, held in December 2021, to contract power for the National Interconnected System (SIN).

Per the agreement, Mitsubishi Power will supply four M501JAC enhanced air-cooled gas turbines while CONSAG will be responsible for supplying the balance of plant (BoP), utilities, civil works, assembly, and commissioning of the plant as well as the implementation of transmission lines and substations supplying the BoP.

The  M501JAC gas turbines will operate in simple cycle at UTE Portocem providing much-needed generation capacity in Brazil.

A 6 km transmission line will connect the plant to the National Interconnected System (SIN), through the Pecém 2 substation. A Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be chartered by Portocem and permanently moored within the basin of the Port of Pecém. The development is being designed to have power generation capacity readily available to dispatch at times when the electrical system needs extra reinforcement to meet demand peaks, according to dispatch decisions by the National System Operator (ONS).

UTE Portocem will be one of the largest power plants ever built in Latin America and will boast 1.6 GW of installed capacity. The project is designed to provide reliable energy to the national grid in Brazil, supplying much-needed additional capacity to back the existing reliance on intermittent energy coming from renewable sources. UTE Portocem will be constructed in the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex, located in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza.The plant is located in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza.

“Portocem has selected state-of-the-art technology by choosing Mitsubishi Power and a construction company with extensive experience in building this type of project – CONSAG,” said Ronan Dias, CEO of Portocem. “Together, they will help us transform the region into an important natural gas hub in Latin America, attracting several other sustainable investments.”

The construction of the Portocem Thermoelectric Power Plant in partnership with Portocem and Mitsubishi Power is an important milestone in the history of CONSAG, reinforcing the Group’s position as a major player in the energy and infrastructure sector in Brazil and worldwide, said Daniel Breanza, Business Director at CONSAG.

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