Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil - Alagoas

Apolônio Sales (Moxotó)
Location: AL
Operator: Cia Hidroeletrica do Sao Francisco
Configuration: 4 X 100 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1977
T/G supplier: Dominion Engineering, BBC
EPC: Sofrelec, Mendes Junior
Quick facts: This plant is part of the Paulo Alfonso complex on the Rio São Francisco. The dam is 30m high and the total length of the dams and abutments is 2,825m.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Hidroeletrica do Sao Francisco
Posted 5 May 2007

Xingo
Location: AL
Operator: Cia Hidroeletrica do Sao Francisco
Configuration: 6 X 527 MW Francis
Operation: 1995-1997
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: Promon, Cia Brasileira de Projetos e Obras, Mendes Junior, Constran SA
Quick facts: In Jan 1995, the first of six 500-MW units went online at the Xingo hydroelectric plant bout 60km downstream from the Paulo Alfonso complex on the Rio São Francisco at the border of Alagoas and Sergipe. Initial studies on the site began during the 1950s, but the first construction contracts were awarded until Dec 1982.  Work on the 850m long, 140m high dam began 5yrs later, but continued for only 18mos when the global debt crisis caused disbursements of the $650mn syndicated loan to stop. About 18mos later, construction work resumed and in Jul 1994, the Xingo Reservoir was filled. The sixth unit commissioned in Sep 1997. Xingo cost about $610/kW. The dam is 140m high and 830m long.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Hidroeletrica do Sao Francisco
Posted 5 May 2007

Abbreviations:  BBC = Brown Boveri & Cie, Sofrelec = Société Française Detudes et de Réalisations Dequipements Electriques, T/G = turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 08/17/09

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