World Cup Power Projects Unfinished as Kickoff ApproachesMario Sergio Lima
Projects to ensure electricity supply to World Cup soccer stadiums in Brazil are behind schedule about five weeks before the biggest global sports tournament is slated to start.
Four cities that will host World Cup games next month haven’t finished upgrades to meet power-supply assurance standards set by soccer governing body FIFA, Brazil’s electricity regulator, known as Aneel, said in a report on its website today.
“There are records of significant delays in the works,” Aneel said in the report.
The delays are the latest setback for the Brazilian organizers of the event after six of 12 stadiums missed a December deadline imposed by FIFA and five workers have died in construction accidents since November. The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, where the opening match is slated to be held on June 12, has yet to be completed.
In Manaus, the Amazon city hosting a June 14 showdown with former World Cup champions England and Italy, works on a power station considered indispensable to meet FIFA standards will only be completed this month, Aneel said.
Electricity-supply upgrades for the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre and two other venues are also behind schedule, Aneel said.
While Aneel required utilities to speed up work to complete the upgrades, the stadiums don’t risk power shortages during the tournament, according to the report.
Utilities pledged to have all the work finished by the end of May, Aneel said in the report.