ENGIE is Brazil’s leading independent producer of electricity, operating 21 power stations, including 13 hydroelectric plants. These major sites are accompanied by initiatives and projects conducted in close cooperation with local associations and organizations.
- The new Estreito hydroelectric plant was inaugurated in October 2012. With an installed capacity of 1,087 MW, it produces enough energy to supply four million residents.
- The run-of-the-river Jirau dam, part of the Madeira river complex, has a 3,450 MW capacity. It will enable Brazil to meet its growing demand for energy, while ensuring a secure supply. This dam, with an architectural structure that will limit its environmental impact, will be inaugurated in 2016.
Since 2009, ENGIE has led the construction of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant in Chile, on the lower section of the Laja River. A system of turbines installed at the foot of the dam avoids the need to divert the river and minimizes the dam’s environmental impact. It’s a one-of-a-kind project in Chile, which will save the equivalent of nearly 29,000 tons of oil.
The United States
Through its subsidiary FirstLight Power Resources, the Group operates hydroelectric power plants on the Shetucket and Housatonic rivers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. These stations, which operate during periods of high electricity demand, play an important role in the conservation effort to protect marine wildlife thanks to the fish ladders installed in navigable waterways
ENGIE also operates a 1,080 megawatt pump turbine plant in Northfield, Massachusetts and a 7 MW hydroelectric power plant in Winooski, Vermont.
Electrabel, a Group subsidiary in Belgium, operates the Coo-Trois-Ponts pumped storage hydroelectric plant. It is located in the Ardennes region near to the Coo waterfall and has an installed power of 1,164 MW.
The United Kingdom
First Hydro Company, a subsidiary of ENGIE Energy International, is one of the most dynamic electricity producers in the United Kingdom with a 2,088 MW installed capacity. It manages and operates the pumped storage plants in Dinorwig and Festiniog, Snowdonia (Wales).
ENGIE International also operates two hydro plants in Spain, Electrometalurgica del Ebro (36 MW) and Iberica de Energias (48 MW), and one in Laos, the Houay Ho Hydro plant (153 MW).