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Brazil invests just 2.5% of its GDP in infrastructure projects and must double this amount by 2018 to overcome all of the shortfalls in this sector¹, which comprises the sanitation, energy and logistics segments.

To meet the sector‘s needs and ensure the sustainability of its investments, INFRA actively manages and constantly monitors the projects of its investee companies.

¹Source: Estado de S.Paulo

INFRA explores opportunities in Brazil‘s power generation industry through the private-equity fund Energia PCH FIP. With solid projects for the sector, the private-equity fund participates in projects from the identification and conception stage to final development, and has a portfolio of small and large power plants in various different stages of development and a permanent concern for minimizing environmental impacts.

Its projects include Small Hydroelectric Plants (SHPs), which require lower investment in construction than conventional hydroelectric plants, inundate smaller areas and cause lower environmental impacts. In addition, the possibility of building plants on smaller rivers decentralizes the country‘s power generation, thereby reducing losses during the transmission of power until reaching consumer centers.

INFRA also invests in a coal-fired thermal power plant project, which will use the waste from the region‘s coalmines to generate power, reducing the region‘s current environmental liability.

  • Juruena: Energia Responsável
    The Juruena project, whose goal is sustainable power generation, involves the construction of five SHPs on a 70-km stretch on the Juruena River in Mato Grosso.

    The SHPs generate electricity from flowing water, i.e., without storing water in reservoirs, which generates clean energy with a lower environmental impact. The five SHPs have combined installed capacity of more than 90 MW.
  • DESA Térmicas
    DESA Térmicas is a Special Purpose Entity (SPE) that controls Usina Termelétrica de Santa Catarina S.A. (USITESC), located in Treviso, Santa Catarina. The region has an active coal processing industry that generates waste that currently is discarded, generating an enormous environmental liability in the region. To reduce this liability, the thermal power plant with installed capacity of 300 MW will use the subproduct created by coal processing to generate electricity, thereby reducing its environmental impact.
  • DESA Garças
    Desa Garças is a special purpose entity (SPE) that conducts hydrological studies for the construction of 11 Small Hydroelectric Plants on the Garças River in southeastern Mato Grosso state.

    FIP Energia participates in this project from the identification of opportunities, the conduction of an inventory of the Garças River to the basic design of the plants to obtain operating licenses for the SHPs. During the entire process, the private-equity fund is present and active in the investee company to ensure compliance with the strictest regulations and with environmental laws, as well as to mitigate risks. With investment estimated at R$1.2 billion, the 11 SHPs of Desa Garças will have combined installed capacity of 175 MW.

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