Second plant starts at Brazil’s Fundao-Santa Clara

Hydro equipment supplier IMPSA announced the commissioning June 27 of the 119-MW Fundao hydroelectric project, the second plant in the 244-MW Fundao-Santa Clara hydro complex on the Jordao River in Brazil’s Parana State.

The 119-MW Santa Clara project was inaugurated by project owner Elejor in August 2005. The Fundao-Santa Clara complex, which is valued at 480 million reais (US$203 million) also includes two small-scale hydro plants, which add 5.9 MW to the total capacity by employing ecological flow releases.

Under a US$62 million contract, IMPSA, of Argentina, supplied complete electro-mechanical equipment for the complex, including four 61-MW Francis turbines, 67.6-megavolt-ampere synchronous generators, protection, controls, communications, measuring systems, and transformer stations. IMPSA designed and manufactured equipment at its Mendoza, Argentina, facilities employing hydraulic scale models from its Mendoza hydraulics laboratory.

Brazilian utility Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) owns 70 percent of Elejor after acquiring a 30 percent share from investment company Triunfo Participacoes. Paineira Participacoes holds the remaining 30 percent.

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