Brazil Neoenergía with great succes: Baixo Iguazú hydroelectric plant recieves ISO certifications

ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI. Renewable energies continue to achieve new achievements in Brazil. The Baixo Iguazú Hydroelectric Plant, in Paraná, was certified in the field of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) in three ISO standards, which deal with Quality Management (9001: 2015), Environment (14001: 2015) and Safety and Occupational Health (45001: 2018). The project became operational in 2019 and, within a year, Neoenergia implemented the Integrated Management System and obtained the certifications. The six hydroelectric plants operated by the company – Baguari, Corumbá, Dardanelos, Itapebi and TelesPires – are already certified in the same O&M scope.

With an installed capacity of 350 MW, the Baixo Iguazú HPP plays a fundamental role in strengthening the stability of the National Interconnected System (SIN). “Obtaining certifications in the ISO standards is an important recognition of our management in Baixo Iguazú, a plant that is an important asset for the Brazilian electricity system, in addition to contributing to the regulation of the flow of the Iguazú River and the preservation of the Park’s biodiversity National Iguazú, Natural Patrimony of Humanity ”, says the Superintendent of Operations and Hydraulic Engineering of Neoenergia, José Paulo Werberich.

A report carried by the specialized magazine Energía Limpia XXI highlights that the ISO 9001: 2015 standard, one of the certifications obtained by the hydroelectric power plant, standardizes the processes and works to organize it with planning, objectives and indicators, reduce the number of errors and guarantee customer-oriented quality. Defining processes prevents waste, both of human resources and of material and technological resources, and also offers a risk approach and how to avoid them, always seeking continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. It also focuses on regulatory compliance and human resource development.

The 14001: 2015 standard specifies the requirements of an Environmental Management System and aims to increase the environmental performance of the organization, achieve results and comply with legal requirements. This standard also allows the organization to develop a structure for the protection of the environment, formulating a rapid response to constant environmental changes.

Neoenergia is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) promoted by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda and operates in Paraná with several projects started during the construction period of Baixo Iguazú and maintained during its operation. An example is the Program for the Rescue and Scientific Use of Fauna, which pursued and rescued animals in the plant’s areas of influence, minimizing their impacts. In addition, the energy generated at the hydroelectric plant is renewable and helps to combat climate change.

The third certification was in the 45001: 2018 standard. The objective is to provide safe and healthy work environments for employees, and reinforces the importance of preventive actions, demonstrating that it can be more effective and efficient when taking early action, while addressing risks and opportunities.

The Baixo Iguazú certification process was carried out throughout 2020, with face-to-face and remote audits. During visits to the plant, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, strict prevention protocols were adopted, including tests by auditors and collaborators, social distancing and mandatory use of masks, among others.

The other five plants controlled by Neoenergia were certified according to the ISO 45001: 2018 standard at the end of 2019. In 2017, Itapebi and Teles Pires were the first companies in the group to implement the ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and OHSAS- standards. 18001: 2007. Corumbá won the certification in 2018 and, the following year, Baguari and Dardannelles. They all have an Integrated Management System, implemented for the scope of Operation and Maintenance.

Neoenergia has an installed capacity of 3,030.6 MW in hydroelectric plants. In addition to the six assets controlled by the company – Baixo Iguaçu, Baguari, Corumbá, Dardanelos, Itapebi and Teles Pires – this power includes the group’s participation in the Belo Monte Plant, the largest fully Brazilian hydroelectric plant.

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