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November 24, 2021

Sao Simao, Brazil

By Carmen

Sao Simao is a 1,710MW hydro power project. It is located on Paranaiba river/basin in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. Post completion of construction, the project got commissioned in 1978.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,710 1,710 Active Minas Gerais, Brazil Cemig Geracao e Transmissao


The project was developed by Cemig Geracao e Transmissao. State Power Investment and Zhejiang Energy International are currently owning the project.

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 got commissioned 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.


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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