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November 24, 2021

Caruachi, Venezuela

By Carmen

Caruachi is a 2,196MW hydro power project. It is located on Caroni river/basin in Bolivar, Venezuela. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1998 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2003.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 2,196 2,196 Active Bolivar, Venezuela Dragados Canada


The project was developed by Dragados Canada and is currently owned by Electrificacion del Caroni.

Caruachi is a reservoir based project. The net head of the project is 35.6m. The penstock diameter is 11.3m. The project generated 12,901.88 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $12,100m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1998 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2003.

Contractors Involved

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 12 units of kaplan turbines, each with 183MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 12 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 220 MVA.

About Dragados Canada

Dragados Canada Inc (Dragados), a subsidiary of Dragados SA, is a construction contracting company. The company’s services include design-build and engineering services. It constructs mass transit, tunnels, dams, ports, buildings, bridges, and water construction and reconstruction projects. Dragados’s projects include Confederation Line, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Eglinton Crosstown – East Tunnels, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade, Calaveras Dam, Portugues Dam, Caruachi Dam Ruskin Generating Station Upgrade: Upper Dam and Powerhouse Structure, and Deltaport Terminal. It also operates additional offices in Quebec and Ontario. Dragados is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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