The Itaqui Thermal Power Plant is MPX's first venture in the state of Maranhão. Located at the Industrial District of São Luís, the coal-fueled plant began commercial operation in February, 2013. With a 360 MW power generation capacity, the venture represents a monumental investiment of R$ 2.2 billion, 30% of which are allocated to environmental control technologies enabling clean coal burning. As a result, the emissions of gasses will be significantly reduced.
MPX supports regional development and has set the generation of local opportunities as a top company priority. In the course of the implementation process of Itaqui plant, when site activities reached their peak, almost 3.7 thousand direct jobs were generated, 70% of which were filled locally. Intent on developing local labor, MPX offered technical and professional training courses to over 700 people in partnership with well known teaching institutions.