A good example for the win-win cooperation between China and Brazil under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the second phase of the Brazil's 500 kV Teles Pires Transmission Project, was completed and operated on Jan 13, two years and five months ahead of schedule, setting a new record for large-scale power transmission projects in Brazil.
It is the first overseas ultra-high-voltage transmission project independently invested and built by the State Grid Corporation of China.
Brazil has some of the strictest environmental regulations in the world. The State Grid attached great importance to fulfilling social responsibilities, especially environmental protection, and made remarkable efforts to advance green development during the construction process.
Stretching more than 1,000 kilometers, the project needed to obtain permission from landowners, analyze its influence from all perspectives and conduct environmental protection practices such as relocation of animals and plants, conservation of water and soil, investigation of cultural relics and monuments as well as protection of Indian and African tribes.
The company has adopted a sustainable approach in building the project under China's BRI and set a good example for Chinese enterprises to boost green development in overseas markets.
The State Grid built and restored more than 2,000 kilometers of roads and 200 bridges with the implementation of 51 environmental protection plans. It rescued and relocated endangered and rare animals 1,000 times, restored 200 hectares of forests, investigated 3,000 species and saved 1,500 epiphyte plants.
The successful operation of the project has largely relieved electricity shortage in the southeastern part of Brazil, optimized the structure of the transmission network, strengthened the security and stability of the power supply and promoted the development of the local economy and employment.
Designed with an installed capacity of 1.5 million kilowatts, the project is able to meet the annual electricity demand of 8 million people. It transmits electricity from the hydropower station in the Belo Monte Dam to the load center in southern areas.
During the construction process, the project offered more than 4,000 jobs and generated tax revenue of 80 million BRL ($6.64 million). It gained a good reputation from society at large as well as government agencies such as the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency.
The project demonstrated win-win cooperation between China and Brazil in power supply and production and raised export of Chinese electric equipment and engineering to more than 2 billion yuan ($29.71 million).
(Executive editor: Li Shuling)