Furnas Dam

The Furnas Dam (Portuguese: Usina Hidrelétrica de Furnas) is a hydroelectric dam in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil. A small settlement was built near the dam with the same name to house the workers during the dam construction. The main purpose of the dam and reservoir are the production of electricity and the regulation of the flow of the Grande River. Near the beginning of 2022, mass amounts of rain caused a large rock to fall and sadly end the lives of 10 people.

Furnas Dam
LocationMinas Gerais, Brazil
Coordinates20°40′11″S 46°19′05″W
Construction began1957
Opening date1963
Operator(s)Eletrobrás Furnas
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsGrande River
Height127 m (417 ft)
Length550 m (1,800 ft)
Width (base)15 m (49 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesFurnas Reservoir
Total capacity22,590×10^6 m3 (18,310,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface area1,473 km2 (569 sq mi)
Power Station
Turbines8 × 152 MW (204,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity1,216 MW (1,631,000 hp)

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