Potential for more

In Brazil, as the largest country in South America, the increasing demand for electricity is to be increasingly covered by wind and solar power. To that end, the STEAG company SES do Brasil has established itself as a sought-after service provider in recent years.

„From Rio de Janeiro, we operate and monitor several plants throughout the country.“

Juracy Monteiro, Managing Director of STEAG Energy Services do Brasil

Brazil is about twice the size of the 28 countries of the European Union combined, with 208 million people living in the seventh largest economy in the world. The energy demand is correspondingly high: from currently 476 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, electricity generation is planned to increase to a total of 554 MWh by 2024.

Today, 61 percent of Brazil’s electricity is already generated in hydro power plants. However, the expansion of these facilities is becoming increasingly controversial, for example because of the adverse environmental impact of clearing rainforests, and also because of the resettlement of people living in the river basins. A further problem results from climate change: less rain means less water in the rivers, and so continuous electricity production is not always possible.

„We currently manage a total capacity of around three gigawatts in the Brazilian market for energy from renewables.“

Juracy Monteiro, Managing Director of STEAG Energy Services do Brasil

The government is therefore increasingly relying on power generation from wind and solar power plants and is also drawing on the know-how of specialists for that purpose. One of these experts is the STEAG subsidiary STEAG Energy Services (SES) do Brasil. Now that the team around Managing Director Juracy Monteiro signed maintenance contracts for eight wind farms and other O&M agreements for solar power plants in the summer of this year, SES do Brasil is responsible for the operation and maintenance of more than 30 generation plants for photovoltaics, wind power, hydro power and biomass. “We currently manage a total capacity of around three gigawatts in the Brazilian market for energy from renewables,” says Juracy Monteiro. “That’s why we’ve expanded our team. At the moment we have around 150 employees working in the field of renewables.”

The headquarters of STEAG’s activities in Brazil is located in the coastal metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. At the beginning of 2017, SES do Brasil set up its central control room for monitoring and remote control in a record time of just four months. “From here, we operate and monitor several facilities throughout the country,” says Juracy Monteiro. Among the well-known customers are leading investors in the country such as Omega Energia, Atlas Renewable Energy, Cubico Sustainable Investments, ENGIE, Solar, and Kinross and Servtec. All of these are good references, which can be helpful for further tenders. According to the SES do Brasil Managing Director, the STEAG company will also grow as electricity production increases: “We can draw on the experience of our parent company STEAG, have a motivated team and a lot of potential still to be exploited.”