Construction Resumes At Brazil’s Jirau Hydro Dam After Riots – Report

RIO DE JANEIRO (Dow Jones)–Construction work resumed Monday at the Jirau hydroelectric dam in Rondonia state in the Brazilian Amazon after workers’ riots, local Estado newswire said in a report. A new timetable will be announced for the plant’s development after delays caused by the unrest, the agency said.

Work is also set to restart Tuesday on the construction of the neighboring Santo Antonio dam, also on the Rio Madeira river, Estado said.

Protesting workers at the Jirau dam last week set fire to buses and damaged part of workers’ housing at the site, in a protest over wages and abuses by security officials at the site, according to press reports. Jirau is being built by Energia Sustentavel do Brasil, a group comprising France’s GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR), Brazilian construction company Camargo Correa and Brazil’s state-controlled utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (EBR, ELET6.BR), or Eletrobras.

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