Iberdrola has started up its largest power line in the world with almost 730 kilometers. The company, through its subsidiary Neoenergía, has put into operation the Jalapão transmission line between the north and northeast of Brazil, running through four states: Tocantins, Maranhão, Piauí and Bahia.
The function of this line is to expand the transmission network to improve the energy exchange between the North and Northeast regions, facilitating the flow of energy generated at the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant, an asset in which Neoenergia has a stake and, with an installed capacity of 11,233.1 MW, is the largest power plant in Brazil.
The Jalapão project has used 13,100 kilometers of conductor cables, which is equivalent to the distance between São Paulo and Moscow. Thanks to its construction, Neoenergia has employed more than 2,000 people at the peak of the works.
Neoenergia promoted environmental solutions based on paralyzed works around the Transmission Line, of structures abandoned in situ for more than five years, prior to the acquisition of the project. The initiative enabled the environmental recovery of the section, allowing the area to return to its previous conditions.
Approximately 4,000 concrete foundations from the old transmission line have been recycled and crushed into small pieces, enough to cement approximately 24,000 square meters of roads. This material was used to improve roads in the municipalities involved in the project. In addition, part of other materials, such as steel, was sold and the proceeds were used to buy more than 900 food baskets for people in vulnerable situations.
The project was acquired in Lot 4 of Auction 02/2017, conducted by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) in December 2017 and has been put into operation 15 months ahead of the regulatory body's contractual forecast.
Iberdrola operates one of the most important electricity distribution systems in the world; more than 1.2 million kilometers of electricity transmission and distribution lines and more than 4,400 substations, which distribute electricity to more than 34 million people in the world, in countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil.