Bolsonaro announces construction of electric power network for northern Brazil

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BRASILIA, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Wednesday the construction of an electricity transmission line in the country’s northern region, after receiving the necessary authorizations that will allow the project to be completed over the course of three years.

The 715-kilometer long power grid will connect the northern cities of Boa Vista and Manaus.

For years, environmental impact has been a source of concern, but Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA and private sector firm Alupar Investimentos SA said Wednesday they obtained environmental licenses from regulator Ibama to build the power lines.

(Report by Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia, written by Carolina Mandl. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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