El Encanto, 8.6 MW

EL ENCANTO hydroelectric plant

This hydroelectric project owned by Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), has a gross head of 214m and uses water from Aranjuez river. It consists of lateral intake works in a reservoir of 285,000 m3, with a concrete dam with 26 m high ogee spillway. The water is led through a 3400 m long tunnel, then through at low pressure reinforced concrete pipe, ending in a surge tank where the penstock starts. Low pressure conduction is attached to a surge drum where the pressure line starts. The powerhouse has 2 horizontal-axis Francis turbines.

Concrete dam with 26m high ogee spillway

CARBON Engineering was hired by Ghella SpA to perform the basic design , final design and construction plans for the civil works of the project including the floodgates.

Project Information

Type: hydroelectric
Status: operating since 2009


Installed capacity: 8.6 MW


Client: Ghella SpA
Location: Pitahaya de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  • Address

    Oficentro Alquimia, 100 mts south from John Deere’s dealership
    La Uruca, San José, Costa Rica.
    Tel: (506) 2290 4070 | Fax: (506) 2290 7122
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