Dona Francisca is a 125MW hydro power project. It is located on Jacui river/basin in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 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 2001.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 125 125 Active Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Dona Francisca Energetica


The project was developed by Dona Francisca Energetica. Dona Francisca Energetica and Companhia Estadual de Geracao e Transmissao de Energia Eletrica are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 95% and 5% respectively.

Dona Francisca is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 335 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 38.15m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 2 in number. The penstock length is 85m. The penstock diameter is 6.3m. The project generated 679 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $118m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1998 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2001.

Power Purchase Agreement

Celesc Geracao, Companhia Paranaense de Energia, Desenvix Energias Renovaveis and Gerdau are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

General Electric Hydro Inepar do Brasil was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of francis turbines, each with 64.2MW nameplate capacity.

General Electric Hydro Inepar do Brasil supplied 2 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 70 MVA.


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