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​​​​​​Usina Hidrelétrica Teles Pires

The Teles Pires Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), with an installed capacity of 1,820 MW, has enough energy to supply approximately 13.5 million inhabitants, which gives it the title of one of the most efficient hydroelectric plants in Brazil.

The plant was bought by Consórcio Teles Pires Energia Eficiente, in the last generation auction of 2010 of the National Agency of Electric Energy (Aneel). After the purchase, Companhia Hidrelétrica Teles Pires S/A was created, consisting of Neoenergia (51%), Eletrobras-Eletrosul (24.5%) and Eletrobras-Frunas (24.5%). The Company was responsible for building and putting the project into operation.

Located on the Teles Pires River, the plant is on the border of the states of Pará and Mato Grosso, in the municipalities of Jacareacanga (PA) and Paranaíta (MT).

HPP Teles Pires is an infrastructure project contemplated in the Federal Government's Growth Acceleration Program (PAC).


Teles Pires Hydroelectric Power Plant is an infrastructure project contemplated in the Federal Government's Growth Acceleration Program (PAC). It was won by Consórcio Teles Pires Energia Eficiente, with a discount proposal of 33% in relation to the ceiling tariff, i.e., it presented a lower value to produce or generate the kW/h of electric energy, in the A-5 Auction of generation carried out by the Federal Government and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, through the National Agency of Electric Energy (ANEEL), on December 17, 2010.

With the final bid price of only R$58.35 per MW/h, to date, it represents the lowest value that the Federal Government has achieved in plant auctions, generating a benefit for the country and allowing for a lower energy tariff.

After the auction, Companhia Hidrelétrica Teles Pires S/A was created, Specific Purpose Society (SPE), responsible for building and operating HPP Teles Pires. ​


During the works phase, HPP Teles Pires received total investments of about R$ 4 billion reais for the construction of its structure.

From the beginning of its construction in 2011 until the commercial operation phase (current days), the project has already generated for the local governments R$100 million in municipal taxes and R$100 million in state taxes, in addition to R$180 million in royalties. The resources can be reverted into improvements for the population, such as investments in health, education, infrastructure, and the environment, among other sectors.

Besides this, the cities of Paranaíta, Jacareacanga and Alta Floresta, the plant's direct area of influence, also had other benefits from its construction. Among them are job creation, training, and direct investments in infrastructure, such as the paving of the MT-206 highway and the construction of a police station, a bus station, a health center, classrooms, laboratories, and the donation of vehicles for public use.


The concern with the well-being of the communities and the environment around HPP Teles Pires has always been one of our priorities.

Through 44 programs and socio-environmental actions foreseen in the Environmental Licensing, we seek the economic, social, and environmental balance of the region where we are present.

Among them, the main ones involve studies and environmental education activities, forest recompositing, protection of Permanent Preservation Areas (APP), promotion of economic activities, monitoring and preservation of fauna, flora, and the physical environment (air, water, and soil), among other activities, in the cities of Jacareacanga (PA), Paranaíta, and Alta Floresta (MT).  In addition to 12 socio-environmental programs aimed exclusively at the region's indigenous populations.

In all, R$565 million have been invested in socio-environmental programs and for the region's indigenous communities, and another R$160 million will be directed for these initiatives over the next 10 years. There were 25 works in health, 14 in education, 11 in infrastructure, culture and leisure, three in public security, and three in social assistance. In 2021, the Casa de Cultura e Memória de Paranaíta (MT) and the room attached to the Museum of Natural History in Alta Floresta (MT) should be completed.

Currently, through the Forest Recompositing Program and the implementation of the Permanent Protection Area (APP), which has already received R$10 million in investments, we protect about 20 thousand hectares of Amazon Forest.

Conducted since 2014, scientific studies done in partnerships with universities and other institutions in the forest areas surrounding the plant have found a high diversity of fauna and flora, with the presence of many rare species. The program inventoried 6,322 trees of 322 different species and another 2,690 plants of 254 species that make up the forest in the area where the project is being implemented and in the surroundings of the reservoir. All have been catalogued and are periodically monitored, for their protection. During the studies, new species were found, such as the orchid baptized of Catasetum telespirense Benelli & Soares-Lopes.​

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