In Brazil, the Group provides green energies, a wide range of innovative solutions for people cities and companies, including energy efficiency, energy monitoring and management, electricity supply contracts management, public lighting, HVAC systems and urban mobility, and now owns the largest gas transport network.

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With over 2,300 employees in the country, the Group owns the largest gas transport network, is among the biggest companies in distributed photovoltaic generation, has a strong presence in free-market energy trading, is present in the transmission lines business and has a complete portfolio in integrated solutions focused on cost reductions and improved infrastructures for companies and cities.

Leader of renewable energies and infrastructures

ENGIE is the largest private electricity producer in the country, with 9,866 MW of installed capacity in 60 plants. The Group is continuously expanding its renewable energy production in the country.

In wind power, the 326 MW Campo Largo Wind Complex, located in the state of Bahia, went into full commercial operation on December 2018. This year, the 360 MW Umburanas Wind Complex, also in the state of Bahia, recently received authorization to begin full commercial operations, making ENGIE’s installed capacity from wind power reach 900 MW. In solar power, the Group owns the solar power plants:

  • Assú (30 MW) and Floresta (86 MW) both in Rio Grande do Norte State,
  • Paracatu (120 MW) in Minas Gerais,
  • and Cidade Azul (3MW) in Santa Catarina,

ENGIE is continuously increasing its presence in decentralized solar generation.

In hydropower, its position as a driving force of the energy transition in Brazil is highlighted by the hydropower plant Jirau (3,750 MW - 40% ENGIE), in the Madeira River, Rondônia, which generates renewable energy to power 10 million Brazilian households.

In infrastructures, the Group entered the transmission line business in October last year with the launching of the Gralha Azul, a 1,000 kilometers transmission lines project in the Paraná state.

In April this year, ENGIE also made its debut in the natural gas segment in the country with the acquisition of Transportadora Associada de Gás S.A. (TAG), the largest natural gas transportation network owner in Brazil, with approximately 4,500 km of gas pipeline infrastructure. Together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, the Group made the winning bid in a competitive process conducted by Petrobras for the acquisition of a 90% shareholding stake in TAG. ENGIE will have a stake of 58.5% in the asset and CDPQ will have a stake of 31.5%, while Petrobras will maintain a 10% stake in TAG’s capital.

Energy services and solutions for companies, cities and territories

One of the Group’s ambition in the country is to expand its offering of energy services and solutions in Brazil, becoming a leader in this area as well. Along these lines, the Group acquired three service companies in 2018: GV Energy, ACS and Sadenco.

The acquisition of Sadenco in October marked ENGIE entrance in the public lighting sector thus becoming one of the market’s leaders in Brazil.

GV Energy, in its turn, is the biggest specialized energy-management consultancy firm in Brazil and its acquisition allowed ENGIE to become active in risk management and energy supply contracts, energy transmission- and distribution-related costs, and digital management platforms.

Energy efficiency company ACS was acquired by the Group in January. A market leader with 40% market share in its area of operations, ACS – currently ENGIE – has a portfolio of over 600 clients, providing services such as remote energy, water and gas consumption and temperature monitoring.

Regarding urban mobility, the Group is responsible for an innovative technological solution aiming at improving the traffic flow in the city of Niteroi (Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area), a first in Latin America. Two hundred smart cameras continuously track the number of vehicles in the ten most congested areas in the city and transmit real-time information to connected traffic lights. The system has already approved the traffic flow in about 30%, besides contributing for the reduction of fuel consumption, polluting emissions, and the risk of accidents.

ENGIE has also been a partner of the city of Rio de Janeiro for over 15 years, by operating a large video-monitoring system and telecommunications network. The Group has developed for instance for the “Centro de Operações do Rio” (Rio Operations Center) a video-monitoring system with a unified graphic user interface for access and fine control of 650 cameras from different manufacturers. This system has been essential for the security during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

ENGIE is now also focusing in entering the Brazilian sector of charging electric vehicles, in partnership with gas stations.