Volta Grande Dam - Wikipedia

Volta Grande Dam
Volta Grande Dam is located in Brazil
Volta Grande Dam
Location of Volta Grande Dam in Brazil
Official nameUsina Hidrelétrica de Volta Grande
LocationÁgua Comprida
Coordinates20°01′56.24″S 48°13′17.48″W / 20.0322889°S 48.2215222°W / -20.0322889; -48.2215222Coordinates: 20°01′56.24″S 48°13′17.48″W / 20.0322889°S 48.2215222°W / -20.0322889; -48.2215222
Construction began1970
Opening date1974
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsGrande River
Height56 m (184 ft)
Length2,329 m (7,641 ft)
Spillway typeGate-controlled
Total capacity2,244×10^6 m3 (1,819,000 acre⋅ft)
Power Station
Commission date1974
Turbines4 x 95 MW (127,000 hp) Kaplan-type[1]
Installed capacity380 MW (510,000 hp)

The Volta Grande Dam is an embankment dam on the Grande River about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west of Água Comprida, Brazil. The dam is on the border of Conceição das Alagoas municipality in the state of Minas Gerais to the north and Miguelópolis municipality in the state of São Paulo to the south. It was constructed between 1970 and 1974 for the purpose of hydroelectric power generation. The power station at the dam has an installed capacity of 380 MW and is owned by CEMIG.[2]

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  1. ^ "Volta Grande Hydroelectric Power Station". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ "CEMIG Hydroelectric" (in Portuguese). CEMIG. Retrieved 23 June 2013.