Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul

14 de Julho
Location: RS
Operator: Cia Energética Rio das Antas (Ceran)
Configuration: 2 X 51.8 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2008-2009
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Engevix Engenharia
Quick facts: This plant is near Cotiporã and Veranópolis on the right bank and Bento Gonçalves on the left bank. 14 de Julho has a 37m high, 281m long RCC and concrete gravity dam. Castro Alves, 14 de Julho, and Monte Claro are part of the same complex. Ceran is invested by CPFL Geração de Energia (65 %), Cia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica (30%) and Desenvix (5%). First hydroelectric studies in the area date to the 1930s.

Photograph courtesy of Ceran
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Castro Alves
Location: RS
Operator: Cia Energética Rio das Antas (Ceran)
Configuration: 3 X 44.6 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Engevix Engenharia
Quick facts: Castro Alves has a 45m, 240m long gravity and RCC dam and a 7km tunnel to the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Engevix Engehnaria
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Cotovelo do Jacui
Location: RS
Operator: Cooperativa de Energia e Desenvolvimento Rural Coprel Ltda
Configuration: 2 X 1.67 MW tube turbines
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: Hacker, WEG
EPC: Rischbieter Engenharia

Photograph courtesy of Hacker Industrial Ltda
Posted 30 Aug 2009

Itá
Location: RS
Operator: Tractebel Energia SA
Configuration: 5 X 290 MW Francis
Operation: 2000-2001
T/G supplier: Voith, Mecanica Pesada, ABB, Coemsa
EPC: Engevix Engenharia, Odebrecht, Cia Brasileira de Projetos e Obras, Bardella, Tenenge
Quick facts: Consorcio Ita was formed in Aug 1995 by Tractebel Energia (currently with a 69% stake), CSN (29.5%) and Cia de Cemento Itambe to take over the long-delayed Ita plant on the Rio Uruguai along the border between SC and RS downstream from Machadinho and 550km from Florianopolis. Eletrosul began the Ita project in 1980, but the utility ran out of funds in 1987. Work resumed with bridge loans of $320mn from BNDES and $320mn from the International Development Bank. The first units started up in October 2000, marking completion of Brazil’s first large hydro project built by the private sector. The concrete-face rockfill dam is 880m long and 125m high and, for some years, this was the largest hydro construction project in Brazil. The total cost was an estimated $1.4bn. A $380mn transmission line was built from Ita to Rincon de Santa Maria in Argentina.

Photograph courtesy of GDF Suez
Posted 23 Jul 2008

Linha 3 Leste
Location: RS
Operator: Cooperativa Regional de Energia e Desenvolvm Ijui Ltda
Configuration: 3 X 4.26 MW S-turbines, 1 X 860 kW
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: Hacker
EPC: Bucagrans Construtora de Obras
Quick facts: This project is on the Rio Ijuí. Work started in Jan 2002 and the project completed in Aug 2003. The dam has an 860 kW minhydro unit.

Photograph courtesy of Bucagrans Construtora de Obras
Posted 1 Jan 2011

Monjolinho
Location: RS
Operator: Monjolinho Energética S/A
Configuration: 2 X 37 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Engevix, Seta Engenharia
Quick facts: The Monjolinho project was approved in May 2007. It is on the Rio Passo Fundo and impacts the municipalities of Faxinalzinho, Nonoai, Benjamin Constant do Sul and Entre Rios do Sul. The rockfill, concrete-face dam is 335m long and reaches a maximum elevation of 80m. The project cost R$281mn and was partially funded by BNDES. Work started in Jun 2007 and the plant went commercial on 1 Sep 2009. Monel belongs to Desenvix SA, which in turn is controlled by Jackson Participações Ltda.

Photograph courtesy of Monjolinho Energética S/A
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Monte Claro
Location: RS
Operator: Cia Energética Rio das Antas (Ceran)
Configuration: 3 X 44.6 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Engevix Engenharia
Quick facts: Monte Claro is a CDM project.

Photograph courtesy of Engevix Engehnaria
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Passo São João
Location: RS
Operator: Eletrosul
Configuration: 2 X 38.5-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Power Machines Group
EPC: Energ Power Ltda
Quick facts: Construction at Passo São João got underway in Nov 2007 and the project went commercial in Mar 2012 at a cost of about R290mn. The 21m dam and powerhouse are in the municipalities of e municipalities of Roque Gonzales and Dezesseis de Novembro. PMG got the equipment order in Aug 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Eletrosul
Posted 14 Apr 2012

Santo Antonio
Location: RS
Operator: Cooperativa Elet e Desenvolvimento Rural Fronteira Noroest
Configuration: 2 X 2.34 MW S-turbine
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: Hacker
EPC: Bucagrans Construtora de Obras
Quick facts: Work on this project in Santa Rosa began in Nov 2003 and was finished in Mar 2005. Commercial operation was in Oct 2005.

Photograph courtesy of Bucagrans Construtora de Obras
Posted 1 Jan 2011

   
 

Sao Bernardo
Location: RS
Operator: CJ Energetica SA
Configuration: 3 X 5 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Voith, Weg
EPC: Engevix, Seta Engenharia
Quick facts: The contract for this project was awarded in Sep 2001, the scheme was authorized by Aneel in Dec 2001, and construction started in Jul 2004. The plant went commercial in Aug 2006 and is linked by a 46k, 69kV line to the Paim Filho Substation.

Photograph courtesy of CJ Energetica SA
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Abbreviations

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

Updated 14-Apr-2012

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