São Manoel Plant

The São Manoel Hydroelectric Plant is in the middle portion of the Teles Pires River, on the state border between Mato Grosso and Pará, in the cities of Paranaíta and Jacareacanga.

Jointly owned by shareholders EDP BRASIL S.A. (33.334%), FURNAS Centrais Elétricas e (33.333%) and China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) (33.333%), the São Manoel HEP has an installed capacity of 735.84 MW. This provides the National Interconnected System (SIN) with enough energy to serve a population of about 2.5 million people, capable of supplying a city about four times the size of Cuiabá and one and a half times the size of Belém.

Technical Data


  • Type: riprap with clay core
  • Height: the greatest height from the base is 53 m
  • Concrete volume: 310 thousand m³ (approximate amount - 490 mil m³)


  • Flooded area: 66 km²
  • Total volume: 577,220,000 m³

Spillway gates

  • Type: segmented gates (main) and cofferdam gate (maintenance)
  • Quantity: 3 spans
  • Generator units: 4
  • Rated capacity: 175 MW


  • Kaplan-type
  • Manufacturer: GE/ALSTOM
  • Rated capacity: 177.32 MW

Upstream levels

  • Maximum level: 163 m
  • Normal maximum level: 161.44 m
  • Normal minimum level: 161.44 m
  • Minimum operating level: 158.6 m

Downstream levels

  • Full absolute maximum NA level: 150.95 m
  • Normal maximum level: 140.32 m
  • Normal minimum level: 132.37 m