Néstor Kirchner Dam

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Néstor Kirchner Dam
Néstor Kirchner Dam is located in Argentina
Néstor Kirchner Dam
Location of Néstor Kirchner Dam
Country Argentina
Location Puerto Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Province
Coordinates 50°12′41.67″S 70°46′30.29″W / 50.2115750°S 70.7750806°W / -50.2115750; -70.7750806Coordinates: 50°12′41.67″S 70°46′30.29″W / 50.2115750°S 70.7750806°W / -50.2115750; -70.7750806
Purpose Power
Status Proposed
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill
Impounds Santa Cruz River
Height 75.5 m (248 ft)
Length 2,780 m (9,120 ft)
Dam volume 14,100,000 m3 (18,400,000 cu yd)
Total capacity 6,260×10^6 m3 (5,080,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 275 km2 (106 sq mi)
Power station
Hydraulic head 64.47 m (211.5 ft)
Turbines 6 x 190 MW (250,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity 1,140 MW (1,530,000 hp)
Annual generation 3,380 GWh (12,200 TJ) (estimated)

The Néstor Kirchner Dam, formerly known as Condor Cliffs Dam, is a proposed concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Santa Cruz River about 180 km (110 mi) west of Puerto Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is named after the former president Néstor Kirchner, born in Santa Cruz. A consortium led by China's Gezhouba Group was awarded the contract to build the Néstor Kirchner Dam and Jorge Cepernic Dam downstream 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 1,140 megawatts (1,530,000 hp).[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.