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November 29, 2021

Salto Grande-Uruguay, Uruguay

By Carmen

Salto Grande-Uruguay is a 945MW hydro power project. It is located on Uruguay river/basin in Salto, Uruguay. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1979 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1982.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 945 945 Active Salto, Uruguay


The project is currently owned by Administracion Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Electricas with a stake of 100%.

Salto Grande-Uruguay is a reservoir based project. The net head of the project is 25.3m. Salto Grande-Uruguay underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2019-2023. The project generated 19,000 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1979 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1982.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Administration of the Electricity Market under a power purchase agreement.

Contractors Involved

Turboatom was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 7 units of kaplan turbines, each with 135MW nameplate capacity.

Power Machines supplied 7 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 150 MVA.


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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