The Engenheiro José Mendes Júnior Hydropower plant, also know as Funil Hydropower plant, is a conventional hydroelectric power station administered by Aliança Geração de Energia S.A., a partnership between Vale and Cemig. The Funil Plant has an installed capacity of 180MW with 89 MW of assured average energy in operation.
The Funil Plant was built in 33 months and its first generating unit went into commercial operation within 27 months of implementation. The construction began in September, 2000, and ended in July, 2003, with the delivery of the third generating unit.
- 1990: Formulation of Environmental impact Analysis and Report.
- Dec/1994: Preliminary License is granted.
- Sept/2000: Installation license is granted and start of construction.
- Nov/2002: Operation license is granted.
- Jan/2003: First generation unit goes operational
- Jun/2003: Second generation unit goes operational
- Jul/2003: Third generation unit goes operational
- Mar/2015: The power plant is integrated within the Aliança Geração de Energia S.A. partnership
At its full operational capacity, the dam floods an area of 40,49 km², covering borders of 5 municipalities: Lavras, Perdões, Bom Sucesso, Ijaci e Ibituruna. The installed generation capacity of the plant is 180 MW with a hydraulic design head of 39 meters, utilizing Kaplan turbines.
This facility was the first in Brazil to implement a fishway in a structure of this kind to facilitate fish migration. It started operation in january 2004.
- Environmental Evaluation Report Fundação Estadual do Meio Ambiente – FEAM (State Environment Foundation)