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Social and Environmental Programs for the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Project

Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Project 
social/environmental mitigation programs
Office: Brazil 
Customer: Norte Energia S.A (includes Eletrobras, Vale et al.) 
Location: Brazil 
Timeframe: 2005 - ongoing 

The Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant has a planned installed capacity of 11,233 megawatts (MW) which makes it the second largest hydroelectric dam in Brazil, and the third largest Hydro development in the world behind the Three Gorges (China) and Itaipu (Brazil-Paraguay) Dams.

During development, the project was faced with complex environmental and community challenges which involved the coordination of 43 social and environmental mitigation programs.

WorleyParsons is successfully coordinating the execution of the 43 programs for Norte Energia, including:
  • Resettlement plan
  • Urban and rural infrastructure recovery plan
  • Support for leisure and tourism activities
  • Environmental education program
  • Support program for neighboring communities and the family subsistence production
  • Public health plan
  • Social compensation
  • Support for commercial activities and services affected, beyond others

From 2005 through 2010 WorleyParsons played a significant role in the overall project approval. WorleyParsons managed the review of Inventory Studies, the Integrated Environmental Assessment of the Xingu river basin, an Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA), Social Communication Plan and Indigenous People Studies, which all met the requirements of several Brazilian Agencies such as, IBAMA and FUNAI, Environmental Agency and Indigenous People Agency, respectively.

Between 2010 and 2011, WorleyParsons supported Norte Energia to gain an Installation License. The contract included detailing the social and economic mitigation programs envisaged in the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA), and provided elements that made the installation of the construction site and supporting infrastructure possible.

Since 2011 WorleyParsons has been coordinating and deploying 43 environmental socio-economic plans to overcome the environmental and community challenges Norte Energia has faced during development.

Our ongoing engagement in the Belo Monte project is a testament to the skill and capability of our team and the value that has been provided to the customer, environment and community over the last 8 years.

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