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November 26, 2021

Sobradinho, Brazil

By Carmen

Sobradinho is a 1,050.3MW hydro power project. It is located on Sao Francisco river/basin in Bahia, Brazil. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1973 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1979.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,050.3 1,050.3 Active Bahia, Brazil


The project is currently owned by Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco with a stake of 100%.

Sobradinho is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 34,100 million cubic meter. Sobradinho underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2025.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1973 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1979.

Contractors Involved

Power Machines was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 6 units of kaplan turbines, each with 178MW nameplate capacity.

Power Machines supplied 6 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 194.5 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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