A consortium led by Neoenergia, a unit of Spanish utility Iberdrola, has commissioned the 1820MW Teles Pires hydroelectric power plant located in the middle of the Amazon Forest in Brazil.

The consortium partners include Neoenergia with 50.1% stake, Furnas 24.5%, Eletrosul 24.5% and Odebrecht 0.9%.

The €1.1bn ($1.2bn) project, which is now fully commissioned, is located on the River Teles Pires, a tributary of the River Tapajós, on the border of the States of Pará and Mato Grosso.

The Teles Pires hydroelectric plant is said to be the biggest of the ten power plants in Brazil.

Featuring five units each with 364MW capacity, the hydro facility is designed to generate clean electricity required to power 5 million Brazilians.

The first unit one of the hydro power plant was commissioned in November 2015.

Construction Consortium Teles Pires, a consortium of Odebrecht, Voith, Alstom, PCE and Intertechne, served as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project.

The EPC contract scope included civil works, supply and assembly of electromechanical equipment, and project engineering.

The facility is connected to the Teles Pires transmission line infrastructure, which is also be used to transmit the power generated by other hydropower plants planned on the river.

State Grid Brazil Holdings and Brazil's energy utility Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) received a license to build the transmission line in 2012.

Image: The Teles Pires hydroelectric plant is located in the middle of the Amazon Forest in Brazil. Photo: courtesy of Iberdrola, S.A.