Sobradinho Dam

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Sobradinho Dam
Barragem de Sobradinho-BA.jpg
Sobradinho Dam is located in Brazil
Sobradinho Dam
Location of Sobradinho Dam in Brazil
Location Bahia, Brazil
Coordinates 09°25′54″S 40°49′40″W / 9.43167°S 40.82778°W / -9.43167; -40.82778Coordinates: 09°25′54″S 40°49′40″W / 9.43167°S 40.82778°W / -9.43167; -40.82778
Construction began 1973
Opening date 1979
Operator(s) Cia Hidroeletrica do Sao Francisco
Dam and spillways
Impounds São Francisco River
Height 41 m (135 ft)
Length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)
Creates Sobradinho Reservoir
Total capacity 34,100×10^6 m3 (27,600,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 498,425 km2 (192,443 sq mi)
Surface area 4,220 km2 (1,630 sq mi)
Maximum water depth 30 m (98 ft)
Power station
Commission date 1979-1982
Turbines 6 × 175 MW (235,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity 1,050 MW (1,410,000 hp)

The Sobradinho Dam is a large hydroelectric dam built on the São Francisco River in Sobradinho, in the state of Bahia of Brazil. Completed in 1982, the dam generates power by utilizing six 175 megawatts (235,000 hp) Francis turbine-generators, totalling the installed capacity to 1,050 megawatts (1,410,000 hp).[1]

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