Supa Dam

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Supa Dam
ಸುಪಾ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು
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Supa Dam is located in Karnataka
Supa Dam
Supa Dam is located in India
Supa Dam
Location of Supa Dam
ಸುಪಾ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು in India Karnataka#India
Country India
Location Joida
Coordinates 15°16′34″N 74°31′36″E / 15.27611°N 74.52667°E / 15.27611; 74.52667Coordinates: 15°16′34″N 74°31′36″E / 15.27611°N 74.52667°E / 15.27611; 74.52667
Status Operational
Construction began 1974
Opening date 1987
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Impounds Kalinadi River
Height 101 m (331 ft)
Length 332 m (1,089 ft)
Total capacity 4,178,000,000 m3 (3,387,160 acre·ft)
Active capacity 4,115,000,000 m3 (3,336,085 acre·ft)
Catchment area 1,057 km2 (408 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date 1985
Hydraulic head 72 m (236 ft) (design)
Turbines 2 x 50 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 100 MW

Supa Dam is built across Kalinadi (Kannada) or Kali river in state of Karnataka in India. The dam is situated in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district. The power house at the foot of the dam has two electricity generators of fifty megawatt each. The electricity generated is supplied to different parts of Karnataka. The dam was built by Hindustan Steel Works Construction Limited (HSCL) and is now operated by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. The power house was commissioned in 1985.


The construction started in 1974 and ended in 1987. It has a gross storage capacity of 4178 Mcum and a live storage of 4115.25 Mcum of water. It is designed having two generators of 55 MVA and has a generator voltage of 11KV. The entire generator output accounts for 100 MW of electricity with 2916 Terminal Amp/unit and a line voltage of 110 KV. They generate about 542 Million Units annually. The output four lines of the grid are distributed between the substations at Ponda and Ambewadi equally. It is a concrete gravity dam with a height of 101 m and length of 332 m with 3 radial gates of 15m x 10m dimension and has vertical Francis turbines with a design head of 72 m.

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