China Spends Close to US$ 1 Billion Buying Power Plants in Brazil

Electric power in Brazil Beijing-based State Grid Corp. of China completed the purchase of seven electricity distribution businesses in Brazil for US$ 989 million, announced the Chinese government this past week. 

Beijing-based State Grid will run electricity transmission services in the southeast of Brazil and supply power to Brazilian capital Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, according to a statement at the website of the Chinese government’s state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

China’s biggest electricity network operator agreed in May to buy controlling stakes in seven power transmission units in Brazil from Elecnor SA, Abengoa SA, Isolux Ingenieria SA and Cobra Instalações e Serviços SA.

Latin America’s biggest economy is attracting local and overseas investors to develop its energy infrastructure to meet power demand as its GDP expands more than 7%.

State Grid has obtained a 30-year right to transmit power to the southeastern region of Brazil, the statement said. The electricity distribution businesses will generate annual profit of about US$ 110 million, according to the statement.

A unit of State Grid won the right in 2007 with local partners to run an electricity distribution network in the Philippines.

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