The Norte Energia-led consortium, which is in charge of the construction of Brazil’s controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, has confirmed that 30 per cent of the infrastructure civil works are now completed.

The hydropower project, located at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, will have an installed capacity of 11,000 MW and will be the world’s third largest such facility once operational in January 2019.

According to the construction timetable, Norte Energia will start assembling the electromechanical equipment for the first of 24 turbines in October, with SeeNews reporting that this first turbine will be operational by February 2015.

Belo Monte is being built on the Xingu River, in the northern Para state, and is currently estimated to cost $12.8bn.

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