Brazil is hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but recently there have been reports in the press that the country lacks sufficient infrastructure to guarantee the reliable supply of electricity, opening up the threat of power shortages during the sporting event.

In a report by BNamericas, ONS, the national grid operator, the risk of rationing next year has risen to 9 per cent from 5 per cent because of generation and transmission project delays.

However, Edison Lobao, minister of Mines and Energy, sought to downplay this by saying that none of the 12 host cities will be hit by power cuts.

Lobao confirmed Brazil’s drought-stricken hydroelectric reservoirs were returning to normal levels after heavy recent rainfall, but stressed that thermoelectric plants would continue to play a “pivotal” role.

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