Largest Dams in Asia by Installed Capacity
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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.

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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 a gravity dam located in Sandouping, Yiling District, Hubei, China (Asia). It was completed in 2008 (14 years old).

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

 

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.


Xiluodu Dam.

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

Xiluodu Dam is located in Sichuan province, China (Asia). The arch dam was completed in 2013 (9 years old).

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 New Bullards Bar Dam from United States.

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Dagangshan Dam from China.


Wudongde Dam.

Aerial view of Wudongde Dam

Wudongde Dam is a 1-year-old arch dam (completed in 2021). It is located in Sichuan province, China (Asia).

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

 

 Compare Wudongde Dam with Mauvoisin Dam from Switzerland.

 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)

Completed in 2012, Xiangjiaba Dam is a 10-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Yunnan Province, China (Asia).

The gravity dam stands at a height of 161 meters and impounds up to 5.16 billion m3 of water. Xiangjiaba Dam has an installed capacity of 6,448MW.

 

 Compare Xiangjiaba Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Xiangjiaba Dam with Ust-Ilimsk Hydroelectric Power Station from Russia.


Longtan Dam.

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

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

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

 

 Compare Longtan Dam with Xiangjiaba Dam from China.

 Compare Longtan Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.


Nuozhadu Dam.

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

Nuozhadu Dam is an embankment dam located in Yunnan Province, China (Asia). It was completed in 2012 (10 years old).

Nuozhadu Dam is the largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Nuozhadu Dam is 261.50 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 21.75 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 5,850MW.

 

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Pubugou Dam from China.


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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