Brazil’s MPX Energia will soon add 680 MW to the country’s grid with the uprating of two thermoelectric power plants, enabling the government to avoid electricity rationing, says MPX’s billionaire owner Eike Batista.

The additional power will come from the natural gas-burning Maranhao III and Maranhao IV plants.

Batista was quoted as saying this means that electricity supply in the country “won’t be a cut-off”.

Following a meeting with Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff, Batista also confirmed that MPX will further boost the capacity of Brazil’s electricity system by an impressive 3 GW in 2013 when thermal plants in the northeastern states of Maranhao and Ceara come on line.

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