Energy from the Amazon

by John Denys Cadman, Centria Electricas; Do Norte Do, Brazil S.A. Electronorte, Divisao De Anteprojetos, Department De Estidos De Approveitamentos Hydrelectricos, SCN-Quadria 06, Conjunto A, Bioco C, Sala 1215, Supercenter Venancio 3000-CEP 70710,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 12, Pg. 54-57

Document Type: Feature article


Cadman describes Brazil's plans for exploiting the vast hydroelectrical potential of the Amazon Basin, placing them within the context of the country's growing energy needs, the accelerating migration of farmers and miners into the region and environmental concerns about the destruction of the rain forest. Lacking in other energy resources, Brazil has 10% of the world's hydroelectrical potential, and more than half is in the Amazon, still largely untapped. Hydro now provides about 90% of Brazil's power, and is expected to remain at that percentage as the country moves to double its installed capacity bo 2000. Eleven hydro projects are in operation, under construction or planned for the region to provide over 20 GW of power. Cadman calls for an integrated development of the region that includes agriculture, mining, national parks, Indian reservations and hydroelectrical dams.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Agriculture | Basins | Rainfall | Forests | Developing countries | Construction management | Mines and mining | Brazil | South America

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