Six groups have submitted bids to prequalify for the construction of the 690MW Barra Grande power plant in Brazil. The auction for the plant is scheduled for 12 May 2000. Besides Queiroz Galvao, other bidders were a consortium headed by Andrade Gutierrez and Norberto Odebrecht, and the Barra Grande Energia consortium which includes the power companies Celesc, CEEE and Copel. The Barra Grande plant will be operated through a 35-year concession.