Dourados Project, delivered in the third quarter of 2021
Neoenergia allocated R$ 4.3 billion in transmission and distribution grids between January and September 2021, with almost R$ 1.6 billion in the third quarter alone. These investments contribute to the excellence of services provided to more than 15.6 million direct customers of the company's distributors, in addition to sustaining the reliability of the national electric sector. The investments in the segment grew 19% compared to the first nine months of last year, showing the company's commitment to maintain its leading role in the sector.
Of the total invested in the nine months, R$ 1.5 billion was for transmission, R$ 404 million more than in the same period in 2020. The company concluded this quarter the lots won in the auction held by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) in April 2017, with the delivery of the last section of the Dourados (MS) line in August. Divided into five sections, the project had its first stage inaugurated in July 2020, 25 months ahead of the deadline set by the regulatory agency. The other three lots acquired in the bid – Atibaia (SP), Sobral (CE) and Biguaçu(SC) – were delivered throughout 2019 and 2020, also before the deadline.
In all, the company owns seven transmission assets. In July, Neoenergia began commercial operation of the first sector of Lot 6 of the December 2017 auction, Santa Luzia. The project allowed the anticipation of the Chafariz Wind Complex, whose connection point to the National Interconnected System (SIN) is the substation Santa Luzia II, which is part of the project. Today, there are already 184 MW of installed capacity operating, providing clean energy.
The group has five distributors – Neoenergia Coelba (BA), Neoenergia Pernambuco (PE), Neoenergia Cosern (RN), Neoenergia Elektro (SP and MS) and Neoenergia Brasília (DF). From January to September 2021, the company's Capex was R$ 2.8 billion, of which R$ 1 billion in the third quarter.
In the year, R$ 1.9 billion was allocated to grid expansion. The amount is invested in services such as new connections and construction of new substations and distribution grids. The new assets reinforce the electric infrastructure and the distributors´ energy availability and can generate an economic benefit for the concession areas with the attraction of new enterprises, besides the generation of jobs and income.