BELO MONTE HYDROPOWER PROJECT

The Belo Monte hydropower plant features two powerhouses, one with 18 Francis turbine-generator units and a total capacity of 11,000 MW and another (called Pimental) with a total capacity of 233 MW. The hydroelectric complex is expected to cost US$26 billion to develop. When complete, Belo Monte will be the third largest hydro facility in the world in terms of generating capacity.

Owner: Norte Energia
Location: Para State, Brazil
River System: Xingu River
Capacity: 11,233 MW
Generating Units: 18
Dam Type: Concrete; three dams are being built for this project
Construction Start Date: 2011
Operational Date: 2019
Project Status: Under Construction

Companies Under Contract:
Alstom – turbine supplier
Andritz – turbine supplier
ArcelorMittal – steel supplier
IE Belo Monte Consortium – transmission line contractor
Impsa – generating units
Voith Hydro – turbine supplier

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