Jorge Cepernic Dam

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Jorge Cepernic Dam
Jorge Cepernic Dam is located in Argentina
Jorge Cepernic Dam
Location of Jorge Cepernic Dam
Country Argentina
Location Puerto Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Province
Coordinates 50°11′31.76″S 70°7′14.64″W / 50.1921556°S 70.1207333°W / -50.1921556; -70.1207333Coordinates: 50°11′31.76″S 70°7′14.64″W / 50.1921556°S 70.1207333°W / -50.1921556; -70.1207333
Purpose Power
Status Proposed
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill
Impounds Santa Cruz River
Height 43.5 m (143 ft)
Length 2,900 m (9,500 ft)
Dam volume 6,900,000 m3 (9,000,000 cu yd)
Total capacity 2,720,000,000 m3 (2,210,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 198 km2 (76 sq mi)
Power station
Hydraulic head 34.65 m (113.7 ft)
Turbines 5 x 120 MW Kaplan-type
Installed capacity 500 MW
Annual generation 1,866 GWh (estimate)

The Jorge Cepernic Dam, formerly known as La Barrancosa Dam, is a proposed concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Santa Cruz River about 115 km (71 mi) west of Puerto Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is named after the former governor of Santa Cruz Jorge Cepernic. A consortium led by China's Gezhouba Group was awarded the contract to build the Jorge Cepernic Dam and the Néstor Kirchner Dam upstream in August of 2013. The consortium will also fund the construction. Both dams are expected to cost nearly US$4.8 billion.[1] It will be built by the firm Electroingeniería, led by Osvaldo Acosta and Gerardo Ferreyra.[2] The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and its power station will have an installed capacity of 500 MW.[3]


  1. ^ "China will build and finance two dams in Patagonia equivalent to 10% of Argentine power demand". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Represas Kirchner y Cepernic | La última gran joya de los reyes de la obra pública (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Hydroelectric Projects in the Santa Cruz River". Water and Energy National and Regional Integration. Government of Argentina. p. 95. Retrieved 28 April 2014.