Sao Simao is a 1,710MW hydro power project. It is located on Paranaiba river/basin in Minas Gerais, Brazil. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. The project construction commenced in 1973 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1978. Buy the profile here.

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The project was developed by Cemig Geracao e Transmissao. China Power International Holding, Zhejiang Energy International and Others are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 51%, 35% and 14% respectively.

Sao Simao is a reservoir based project. The gross head of the project is 73m. 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 6 in number. The penstock diameter is 9.5m. Sao Simao underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2018-2019.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 1973 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1978.

Contractors involved

Neyrpic was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 6 units of francis turbines, each with 285MW nameplate capacity.

Brown Boveri & Cie supplied 6 electric generators for the project.

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About Cemig Geracao e Transmissao

Cemig Geracao e Transmissao SA (Cemig Geracao e Transmissao) provides utility services which generates, transmits, and distributes electric power and energy solutions. The company is headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

This content was updated on 4 January 2024

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