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January 12, 2022

Retiro Baixo, Brazil

By Carmen

Retiro Baixo is an 82MW hydro power project. It is located on Paraopeba river/basin in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2010.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 82 82 Active Minas Gerais, Brazil Logos Engenharia; Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas


The project was developed by Logos Engenharia and Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas. Cemig Geracao e Transmissao, Furnas Centrais Eletricas and Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 49.9%, 49% and 1.1% respectively.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 50.8 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 38.62m. 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 104.67m. The penstock diameter is 6.2m. The project cost is $229.67m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2010.

Contractors Involved

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of kaplan turbines, each with 42.35MW nameplate capacity.

Andritz Hydro supplied 2 electric generators for the project.


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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