Simplicio is a 305.7MW hydro power project. It is located on Paraiba do Sul 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 2013.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 305.7 305.7 Active Minas Gerais, Brazil Andrade Gutierrez; Novonor


The project was developed by Andrade Gutierrez and Novonor. The project is currently owned by Furnas Centrais Eletricas with a stake of 100%.

The gross head and net head of the project are 115m and 101.65m respectively. 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 3 in number. The penstock length is 113m. The penstock diameter is 6m. The project cost is $851.439m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2013.

Contractors Involved

IMPSA was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 3 units of francis turbines, each with 104MW nameplate capacity.

IMPSA supplied 3 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 113.3 MVA.

About Andrade Gutierrez

Andrade Gutierrez SA (Andrade) is an infrastructure conglomerate. It provides a range of engineering and construction services for various projects, including industrial, sanitation, urban mobility, infrastructure works, energy, telecommunications and logistics. The company also executes the construction of dams, thermoelectric plants, highways, airports and railways, hydro plants, nuclear power plants, oil refineries, mining, irrigation, and sanitation projects. It also carries out hospital management, development of residential and commercial buildings, sewage treatment activities and supplies treated water. The company provides railway administration, waterway transportation, complex monitoring, and security services. It has operations in various countries across Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The company is headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

About Novonor

Novonor, is a diversified company. It carries out engineering and infrastructure construction services, development and operation of energy and infrastructure projects and real estate development services. The company executed various engineering and construction projects such as ports, urban transport, energy, irrigation, power plants, sports arenas, sanitation and urban renewal. The company also develops and operates concessions of highways, urban mobility, port terminals, and other infrastructure concessions such as irrigation, energy and transport assets. It also offers solutions for the oil and gas industry, and produces resins, biopolymers, ethanol, electricity and sugar. In December 2020, the company changed its name to Novonor from Odebrecht, as part of its rebranding strategy after Operation Car Wash corruption scandal. Novonor is headquartered in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


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