are long-term and the
is to improve
won’t change in the
institutions, including more than 17
different utility companies.
“Handling all of that added a layer
of complication to the project,” he
says. To ease conflict, the project
appointed a full-time staff member
dedicated to utility coordination and
communication. All of the planning
and coordination paid off. Mr.
Schipper’s team brought the project in
two months early and just under
ENERGY IN THE AMAZON
short term. It may As with any project, it often comes
down to getting the right people on
slow down some the ground.
“The most important driver for
success is the team managing the
schedules but project,” says José Marcos Treiger,
director of investor relations and corporate communication at Multiner, a
power generation development com-
aren’t going away.
pany in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The company’s portfolio of proj-
ects in planning or development
—José Marcos Treiger, Multiner, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
through 2014 includes 26 power gen-
eration units, totaling around 5. 7
“It took a lot of planning,” he says. gigawatts of capacity throughout
“We had to make sure the schedule Brazil.
made sense so that contractors weren’t Choosing team members who
tripping over each other.” could confidently make critical deci-
Mr. Schipper also took advantage sions was particularly important dur-
of an offer from the Ohio Department ing the company’s project to build
of Transportation (ODOT) to assign Cristiano Rocha, a thermoelectric
three people out of their budget to power plant in Manaus, Brazil.
help supervise a critical section of the Located in the middle of the Amazon
roadway project. rainforest, the 85-megawatt plant was
It was a perfect solution, says Mr. completed in 2006.
Schipper. He had budget constraints Getting people and equipment to
and a looming deadline, while the the project site required careful plan-
ODOT team had a lull in project ning to avoid any negative impact to
work and, as a funding partner, had a the surrounding environment.
stake in the project outcome. “This project was conducted in
“It was a win-win,” he says. the heart of the jungle,” Mr. Treiger
But not all of the interactions he explains. “So we had to rely on a very
had with partners and community skilled team for the preparation and
members on the project were as help- commission of this project to ensure
ful. Although many city and state it could be completed successfully.”
workers were anxious to support the Ultimately, the equipment had to
project, Mr. Schipper’s team had to be transported by ship up the Amazon
deal with multiple private and public River to the site.