The hydroelectric plant of Itaipu repeated yet another historic feat. The bi-national power plant generated a total of 8.018.719 megawatt-hours (MWh) in the last month, the greatest amount of electricity ever produced by the hydroelectric plant in November since it began operations in 1984.
With this result, the power plant generated in 2013, from January to November, a total of 90,453,205 MWh, compared to 90,212,639 in the same period in 2012, which was the year that it beat the world record for annual output and set a new record for electric power production – 98.2 million MWh.
The output this November when compared to the same period last year is 479,000 megawatt-hours greater. In 2012, the volume of electricity generated in the same month was 7,539,949 MWh. In 2011, output in November was 7,442,621 MWh, 576,000 MWh less than in November 2013.
The figures show that the chances of Itaipu again beating its own annual record and getting ever closer to the goal of producing 100 million MWh in one year are increasingly better.
The superintendent of Operations of the plant, Celso Torino, says that the output of Itaipu jumped from the level of between 90 and 95 million megawatt-hours, which seemed to be the limit for annual output, to a number above 95 million MWh in 2012. “And this can be repeated in 2013,” he says.
For Torino, these results reflect “a process of continual learning and improvement over nearly 30 years of operation, through the dedicated efforts of the current and former staff of the plant.”
The electricity produced by Itaipu in November 2013 would be enough to supply all of the demand for electric power in Brazil for seven days; the State of São Paulo for 22 days; the State of Parana for about three months and 18 days; the city of Rio de Janeiro for five months and 15 days; the city of São Paulo for three months and nine days. Paraguay, the partner of Brazil in Itaipu, would be supplied with electricity for eight months and 21 days.
The electricity produced by Itaipu, from January to November 2013 (90.453 million MWh) would be enough to supply all of the demand for electric power in Brazil for about 74 days; the State of São Paulo for about eight months and three days; the State of Parana for about three years and four months; the city of Rio de Janeiro for five years and three months; the city of São Paulo for three years and one month. Paraguay would be supplied with electricity for eight years and two months and the entire world for a day and a half.