Futaleufu is a 560MW hydro power project. It is located on Rio Grande (Futaleufu) river/basin in Chubut, Argentina. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1971 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1976.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 560 560 Active Chubut, Argentina


The project is currently owned by Aluar Aluminio Argentino with a stake of 60.2%.

Futaleufu is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 3.1 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 150m. 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 600m. The penstock diameter is 3m. Futaleufu underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2016-2020. The project generated 2,900 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1971 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1976.

Power Purchase Agreement

Aluar Aluminio Argentino, Cammesa, Municipalidad de Pico Truncado, Servicios Publicos Sociedad Del Estado and Sociedad Cooperativa Popular Limitada de Comodoro Rivadavia are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

IMPSA was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 157MW nameplate capacity.

Mitsubishi Power supplied 4 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 118 MVA.


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