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Detail of GEF Project #63

GEF Project ID63
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameBiomass Power Commercial Demonstration
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program7
Approval Date1997-05-01
CEO Endorsement Date1997-04-03
Project Cancellation Date2004-07-22
Project StatusCancelled
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyMin. of Science and Technology; Companhia Hydroelectrica do Sao Francisco
DescriptionBuilding on the technological advances gained under the UNDP-implemented Pilot Phase GEF project, a public-private consortium will demonstrate biomass integrated gasification/gas turbine technology for co-generation of electricity at a commercial scale. The 30 MW demonstration plant will run on wood chip fuel from plantation forests.
Implementation StatusThe project was expected to begin in 2000. However, the original project sponsor, a consortium formed by Eletrobras, CHESF, and Shell of Brazil, with the participation of the Ministry of Science and Technology was dissolved. The Bank and the counterpart team tried unsuccessfully (from about 1999-2003) to identify a new project sponsor. More recently, the government proposed an alternative project which bore little resemblance to the original pipelined project: new sponsor, new technology, different location, different financing. The Bank team informed the Ministry of Planning that the fundamental differences in design were so significant that the proposal would need to be re-submitted to the GEF pipeline. In light of all these changes, Bank management, in consultation with the relevant government ministries, agreed to drop this project.
PRIF Amount
475,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
40,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
40,475,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
82,000,000 USD
Project Cost
122,475,000 USD
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