Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil - Parana

Bento Munhoz (Foz do Areira)
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 4 X 419 MW Francis
Operation: 1980
T/G supplier: Hitachi, Hydroart, BBC

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)
Posted 19 May 2004

Dona Francisca
Location: PR
Operator: Dona Francisca Energetica SA
Configuration: 2 X 62.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2001
T/G supplier: GEHI
EPC: Engevix, Ivai, Torno
Quick facts: Early in 1997, a utility/industrial consortium offered the sole bid to take over development of UHE Dona Francisca at Nova Palma on the Rio Jacui. It consisted of Copel with a 25% stake along with Alcoa Alumunio (18.17%), Camargo Correa (15.67%), Celesc (15%), Cia Cimento Portland Gaucho (13.15%), and Santa Felicidade Comercio (13%). In Dec 2000, the IDB approved a $41mn loan for the $118mn project. The plant has an RCC dam.

Photograph by robertonunesxyz (Panoramio)
Posted 11 Jul 2009

Foz do Chopim
Location: PR
Operator: Foz do Chopim Energética Ltda
Configuration: 2 X 14.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2001
T/G supplier: GEHI
EPC: Copel Geracao, DM Construtora de Obras
Quick facts: This SHP is jointly owned by Silea Participações Ltda (64.23%) and Copel (35.77%). It went into operation in Oct 2001.

Photograph courtesy of Silea Participações Ltda
Posted 15 Apr 2012

Mauá
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 3 X 117.4 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Andritz
EPC: J Malucelli Construtora de Obras S/A, Consórcio ELM Mauá, VLB Engenharia Ltda
Quick facts: This hydro project is on the Rio Tibagi between the municipalities of Telêmaco Borba and Ortigueira. It was built by a 51:49 JV of Copel and Eletrosul and cost about R$1.4bn. The preliminary license was granted on 7 Dec 2005, and notice to proceed was on 21 Jul 2008. Unit-1 went commercial on 23 Nov 2012. The 85m tall RCC dam has a crest length of 745m. The plant has 230kV lines to Copel's Figueira and Jaguariaíva substations. A dam powerhouse has two additional 5.5-MW T/G sets. The complex was in full operation from 25 Mar 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (Copel)
Posted 7 Apr 2013

Itaipu
Location: PR
Operator: Itaipu Binacional
Configuration: 18 X 740 MW, 2 X 715 MW Francis
Operation: 1984-2007
T/G supplier: Voith, Mecanica Pesada, Siemens, ABB
EPC: IECO (Morrison-Knudsen), ELC Electroconsult (original plant), Cesbe, Ivai, Techint (new units)
Quick facts: For about 20yrs from the late 1980s, Itaipu was the world's largest power plant of any kind and still ranks second after Three Gorges. In 2013, Itaipu set a new world production record of 98.2 TWh, more than the annual power production in all but about 30 countries in the world. Monthly generation in Mar 2013 was the highest on record at 8.86 TWh. The site is on the Rio Parana 14km north of the International Bridge linking Foz do Iguacu, Brazil and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Planning for the project started in the 1960s, construction started in Jan 1975, and the first unit went online in May 1984. The total direct plant investment is estimated to be $11bn, but financing costs and other charges totaled some $18bn. Two additional units were added in 2006/07. The main dam has a height of 196m and the construction required 12.6mn m³ of concrete -- 15 times the amount used in the Channel Tunnel -- and 478,000t of steel. The various dams have a total length of 7,744m while the water flow through each penstock is equivalent to the normal flow of the Seine River.

Photograph courtesy of Itaipu Binacional
Posted 18 Oct 2009

Marumbi
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 2 X 4.8 MW
Operation: 1961
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Rede Ferroviaria Federal SA
Quick facts: In 1956, the then Ministério da Viação e Obras Públicas was authorized to promote the use of the Rio Ipiranga for hydropower to electrify the stretch of the rail line Paranaguá - Curitiba. Accordingly, RFFSA built the Marumbi SHP at a site 400m from the rail station Véu da Noiva, in Serra do Mar. The plant went commercial on 5 Apr 1961 with French electromechanical equipment. The planned rail electrification was never completed and the electricity was instead sent into the regional grid after new transmission lines allowed supply to the municipalities of Matinhos, Guaratuba and Caiobá. After RFFSA’s privatization, the power station and associated water righrts were transferred to Copel in 1997.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (Copel)
Posted 13 Apr 2013

Melissa
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 2 X 500 kW Francis
Operation: 1966
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: PCH Melissa is located on the right bank of the Rio Melissa in the town of Corbélia, in the southwest part of the state. In the early 60s, rapid populatin growh in the area prompted the construction of the hydro plant to replace small diesel gensets. Melissa took 6yrs to build. In 1994/95, the plant was overhauled and automated.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (Copel)
Posted 13 Apr 2013

Salto Caxias
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 4 X 310 MW Francis
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, Ansaldo Comensa
EPC: Intertechne Consultores Associados (IAC)
Quick facts: Construction at Salto Caxias on the Rio Iguacu got underway in Jan 1995. The site is in Capitão Leônidas Marques (right bank) and Nova Prata do Iguaçu (left bank). In Sep 1995, heavy excavation for the RCC dam began. In early 1996, Kvaerner and partner Coemsa Ansaldo won the order for four Francis T/G. At 7.1m in diameter, the 315-MW runners were among the largest Kvaerner ever built. This $800mn project is also known as Gov José Richa. The first generator began operatons in Feb 1999 and the plant was officialy inaugurated ion 26 Mar 1999 and the last unit completed in Oct 1999.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (Copel)
Re-posted 7 Apr 2013

Salto Natal
Location: PR
Operator: Brascan Energia SA
Configuration: 2 X 7.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Construtora Triunfo
Quick facts: Salto Natal is on the Rio Mourão about 6km from Campo Mourão. Construction began in 2001 and the 26m tall, 330m long rockfill, clay-core dam was completed in Nov 2003. The project cost about $10mn and development was supported by an extensive community outreach program and detailed socioenvironmtental studies.

Photograph courtesy of Construtora Triunfo
Posted 11 Jul 2009

 

São Francisco
Location: PR
Operator: Silea Participacoes Ltda
Configuration: 2 X 7 MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Inepar
EPC: DM Construtora de Obras Ltda
Quick facts: This project was authorized by ANEEL in Oct 2002 and went into operation in Dec 2010. The site is on the Rio São Francisco Verdadeiro in Toledo and Ouro Verde municipalities. The development company is Gênesis Energética SA.

Photograph courtesy of Silea Participacoes Ltda
Posted 23 Dec 2012

Segredo
Location: PR
Operator: Copel
Configuration: 4 X 320 MW Francis
Operation: 1993-1995
T/G supplier: Voith Siemens, GE Hydro Inepar
EPC: DM Construtora de Obras Ltda
Quick facts: This is Copel's second largest power station. The site is in Mangueirinha on the Rio Iguaçu, 2km upstream from the confluence with the Rio Jordão The concrete-faced, rockfill dam reaches 145m in height and has a crest length of 700m. A second RCC dam on the Rio Jordão diverted addtional waterflows through a 4.7km long, 9.5m diameter power tunnel allowing for about 10% additional production. The plant is also known as Governador Ney Braga.

Photograph courtesy of Cia Paranaense de Energia (Copel)
Posted 19 May 2004

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Abbreviations

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

Updated 03-Jan-2014

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