Next month Paraguay is expected to energize a 500 kV transmission line that in theory will enable it to take greater advantage of the Itaipu dam’s electricity output, which it jointly owns with Brazil.

However, Brazilian officials did not believe that there would be a sharp increase in electricity demand by its neighbour once the power line is operatational.

Speaking to Reuters, Jorge Samek, the Brazilian general director of Itaipu Binational, said in the short term Paraguayan demand should increase just 200 MW, representing a sixth of the line’s 1200 MW capacity.

The 347 km transmission line was funded by $310m from Brazil’s government.

The Itaipu hydroelectric dam has an installed capacity of 14,000 MW.

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