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Itaipu has its best October in energy generation
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05/11/2018

In a year of an unfavorable hydrological scenario in large part of the Country, the Itaipu power plant broke its generation record once more. The binational company registered the best October in 34.5 years since the beginning of its operation. The exceptional generation performance is due to the large amount of rain recorded in the area of the reservoir (over 300 millimeters in the month, well above the historical average), allied to the good operative coordination of the technical area, which works in synergy to ensure efficient and sustainable production.

Last month, Itaipu contributed with 8,782,585 megawatt-hours (MWh) to Brazil's and Paraguay's electrical system. And, with plenty of water, the power plant resumed spilling at the beginning of October (3rd and 4th).

Good indices

The performance of the power plant in October and the 2018 cumulative has been fairly satisfactory. Four technical indicators give a good idea of this panorama. The generator units were available for generation 98.31% of the month and 97% of the year. The forced unavailability of such machines, an index that measures the time during which the machines stop due to non-predicted factors, was of only 0.06% in the month and 0.09% in the year.

The FCO, the index that measures the percentage of water that flowed through the power plant and was effectively transformed into energy, was of 99.6% in the month up to now and has been of 99.1% in the year.

Another significant data is the ISIN index, an indicator that makes a composition of over 15 references, whose final objective is to measure the quality with which the power plant is serving the Brazilian and Paraguayan National Interlinked Systems. In October, the ISIN was systematically above 75%, which is considered an excellent level.

According to Itaipu's executive technical director, Mauro Corbellini, the expectation is to close 2018 with an exceptional production. "It is possible that we place this year's generation among the top five of our history, excluding 2008 from this excellence ranking".

And he concludes: "If this happens, we will confirm the continuous process of enhancement of the operational efficiency of the power plant's technical area, seeing that all these five years are recent: 2016, 2013, 2012, 2017, and, who knows, with 2018 in this select group".