Largest Dams in Asia by Installed Capacity
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  Overview

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) refers to capacity as the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce under ideal conditions.

The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric gravity dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China, and is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). The dam was expected to provide 10% of China's power. However, electricity demand has increased more quickly than previously projected. Even fully operational, on average, it supports only about 1.7% of electricity demand in China in the year of 2011, when the Chinese electricity demand reached 4692.8 TWh.

The largest dam in Asia by installed capacity is Three Gorges Dam of China with a capacity of 22,500 MW. The second largest dam by installed capacity is Xiluodu Dam with 13,860 MW, while the third largest is Wudongde Dam at 10,200 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in Asia range from 100 MW to 22,500 MW, with the average being 3,839.0 MW.

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Here are the largest dams by installed capacity in Asia.

Three Gorges Dam.

Amazing aerial view: World's largest shiplift at Three Gorges Dam (credit: Youtube/New China TV)

Three Gorges Dam is located in Sandouping, Yiling District, Hubei, China (Asia). The gravity dam was completed in 2008 (14 years old).

Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Three Gorges Dam is 181 meters while its structural volume of 27.40 million m3. The gravity dam can hold up to 39.30 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 22,500MW.

 

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Belo Monte Dam from Brazil.


Xiluodu Dam.

China's 2nd-largest Hydropower Station Wins Global Recognition (credit: Youtube/ CCTV Video News Agency)

Xiluodu Dam is a 9-year-old arch dam (completed in 2013). It is located in Sichuan province, China (Asia).

Xiluodu Dam is the 3rd largest hydroelectric dam in the world by installed capacity. The arch dam has an installed capacity of 13,860MW. Xiluodu Dam stands 285.50 meters tall and can impound up to 12.67 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Karun-3 Dam from Iran.

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Wudongde Dam.

Aerial view of Wudongde Dam

Located in Sichuan province, China, Wudongde Dam is an arch dam. It was built in 2021 (1 years since completion).

Wudongde Dam is the 2nd largest hydroelectric arch dam in the world by installed capacity. The arch dam has an installed capacity of 10,200MW. Wudongde Dam stands 240 meters tall and can impound up to 7.40 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Wudongde Dam with Mauvoisin Dam from Switzerland.


Xiangjiaba Dam.

Xiangjiaba Dam Documentary中国十大水电站之:向家坝纪录片 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Located in Yunnan Province, China, Xiangjiaba Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 2012 (10 years since completion).

The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 6,448MW. Xiangjiaba Dam stands 161 meters tall and can impound up to 5.16 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Xiangjiaba Dam with Srisailam Dam from India.

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Longtan Dam.

Longtan Dam龙滩水电站 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Completed in 2009, Longtan Dam is a 13-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Tian'e County, Guangxi, China (Asia).

Longtan Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in Asia. The installed capacity of Longtan Dam is 6,426MW. The gravity dam stands 216.20 meters tall and can impound up to 27.27 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 7.67 million m3.

 

 Compare Longtan Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Longtan Dam with Guri Dam from Venezuela.


Nuozhadu Dam.

Nuozhadu Dam糯扎渡水电站 (Youtube/Chinese Bridge)

Nuozhadu Dam is a 10-year-old embankment dam (completed in 2012). It is located in Yunnan Province, China (Asia).

Nuozhadu Dam is the largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Nuozhadu Dam is 5,850MW. The embankment dam stands 261.50 meters tall and can impound up to 21.75 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Çetin Dam from Turkey.


Dams Lists

Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Largest/tallest Dams by Type: Arch Dams | Embankment Dams | Gravity Dams | Arch-Gravity Dams | Buttress Dams


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