Largest Dams in Asia by Installed Capacity

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Dataset contains 34 data items (see table below).

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.

Three Gorges Dam of China is the largest dam by installed capacity in Asia, built with a capacty of 22,500 MW. At second and third, are Xiluodu Dam with a capacity of 13,860 MW and 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 dam installed with a capacity of 3,839.0 MW.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Laxiwa Dam

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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 Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Srisailam Dam from India.


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 Enguri Dam from Georgia.

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Mauvoisin Dam from Switzerland.


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 Yusufeli Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Wudongde Dam with Goupitan Dam from China.


Xiangjiaba Dam.

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

Xiangjiaba Dam is a gravity dam located in Yunnan Province, China (Asia). It was completed in 2012 (10 years old).

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

 

 Compare Xiangjiaba Dam with Gilgel Gibe III Dam from Ethiopia.

 Compare Xiangjiaba Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.


Longtan Dam.

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

Longtan Dam is located in Tian'e County, Guangxi, China (Asia). The gravity dam was completed in 2009 (13 years old).

Longtan Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in Asia. The gravity dam stands at a height of 216.20 meters and impounds up to 27.27 billion m3 of water. Longtan Dam has a structural volume of 7.67 million m3 and an installed capacity of 6,426MW.

 

 Compare Longtan Dam with Belo Monte Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Longtan Dam with Allatoona Dam from United States.


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 Aswan Dam from Egypt.

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station from Russia.


Tarbela Dam.

Tarbela Dam Aerial View (credit: Youtube/Mountains Spot)

Tarbela Dam is a 46-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1976). It is located in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (Asia).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 143 meters and impounds up to 13.70 billion m3 of water. Tarbela Dam has a structural volume of 153 million m3 and an installed capacity of 4,888MW.

 

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Aswan Dam from Egypt.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Ilha Solteira Dam from Brazil.


Xiaowan Dam.

The Tallest Arch Dam in The World(2010-2013)航拍小湾电站 (credit: Youtube/Chinese Bridge)

Xiaowan Dam is a 12-year-old arch dam (completed in 2010). It is located in Nanjian County, Yunnan Province, China (Asia).

Xiaowan Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in the world. The arch dam stands at a height of 292 meters and impounds up to 15 billion m3 of water. Xiaowan Dam has an installed capacity of 4,200MW.

 

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with Almendra Dam from Spain.

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with Contra Dam from Switzerland.


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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