Largest and Tallest Arch dams in the World
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Which are the tallest and largest arch dams in the world ?

Tallest Dams. Jinping-I Dam of China is the tallest arch dam in the world, built at a height of 305 meters. At second and third, are Xiaowan Dam at a height of 292 meters and Baihetan Dam at 289 meters.The heights of the major arch dams in the world range from 140 meters to 305 meters, with the average arch dam built at around 232.3 meters.

Countries with most major arch dams. The country with the most major arch dams in the world is China.

 Compare Jinping-I Dam with Xiluodu Dam


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Installed Capacity. Xiluodu Dam of China is the largest arch dam by installed capacity in the world, built with a capacty of 13,860 MW.The installed capacities of major arch dams in the world range from 105 MW to 13,860 MW, with the average arch dam installed with a capacity of 2,344.2 MW.

Reservoir Volume. Baihetan Dam of China is the largest arch dam by reservoir volume in the world, with a reservoir of 17.90 billion m3.The reservoir volumes of major arch dams in the world range from 0.11 billion m3 to 17.90 billion m3, with the average arch dam impounding up to 4.8 billion m3 of water.

Regions with most major arch dams. The regions with the most major arch dams in the world are the Asia and Europe.


Let's check out some of these tallest and largest arch dams in the world.

Jinping-I Dam.

《雅砻江新传》鬼斧神工:“三峡最大 锦屏最难” 那么锦屏水电站是如何完成的呢?(Youtube/CCTV中文国际)

Jinping-I Dam is an arch dam located in Sichuan, China (Asia). It was completed in 2014 (8 years old).

Jinping-I Dam is the tallest dam in the world. The arch dam stands at a height of 305 meters and impounds up to 7.76 billion m3 of water. Jinping-I Dam has a structural volume of 7.40 million m3 and an installed capacity of 3,600MW.

 

 Compare Jinping-I Dam with Mauvoisin Dam from Switzerland.

 Compare Jinping-I Dam with Baihetan Dam from China.


Xiaowan Dam.

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

Located in Nanjian County, Yunnan Province, China, Xiaowan Dam is an arch dam. It was built in 2010 (12 years since completion).

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

 

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with Dagangshan Dam from China.

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with Zimapán Dam from Mexico.


Baihetan Dam.

Aerial view of Baihetan Dam

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

Baihetan Dam is the largest arch dam in the world by reservoir volume. The arch dam has an installed capacity of 4,000MW. Baihetan Dam stands 289 meters tall and can impound up to 17.90 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Almendra Dam from Spain.

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Xiaowan Dam from China.


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 Xiaowan Dam from China.

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Yusufeli Dam from Turkey.


Enguri Dam.

Georgia: Enguri dam keeps the power flowing (Youtube/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Completed in 1978, Enguri Dam is a 44-year-old arch dam. It is located in Tsalenjikha, Georgia (Europe).

Enguri Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in Europe. The installed capacity of Enguri Dam is 1,300MW, while its height is 271.50 meters.

 

 Compare Enguri Dam with Jinping-I Dam from China.

 Compare Enguri Dam with Yusufeli Dam from Turkey.


Yusufeli Dam.

Aerial view of Yusufeli Dam

Yusufeli Dam is located in Yusufeli, Artvin Province, Turkey (Europe). The arch dam was completed in 2021 (1 years old).

Yusufeli Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in Europe. The arch dam stands at a height of 270 meters and impounds up to 2.13 billion m3 of water. Yusufeli Dam has a structural volume of 2.90 million m3 and an installed capacity of 540MW.

 

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Contra Dam from Switzerland.

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Xiaowan Dam from China.


Mauvoisin Dam.

Mauvoisin (Youtube/ Diogo Marques)

Mauvoisin Dam is a 65-year-old arch dam (completed in 1957). It is located in Valais, Switzerland (Europe).

Mauvoisin Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in Switzerland. The arch dam has an installed capacity of 363MW. Mauvoisin Dam stands 250 meters tall and can impound up to 0.21 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Mauvoisin Dam with Goupitan Dam from China.

 Compare Mauvoisin Dam with Deriner Dam from Turkey.


Laxiwa Dam.

Laxiwa Dam拉西瓦水电站 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Laxiwa Dam is an arch dam located in Guide County, Qinghai, China (Asia). It was completed in 2009 (13 years old).

The structural height of Laxiwa Dam is 250 meters. The arch dam can hold up to 1.08 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 4,200MW.

 

 Compare Laxiwa Dam with Goupitan Dam from China.

 Compare Laxiwa Dam with Zimapán Dam from Mexico.


Deriner Dam.

Deriner Dam - Europe's tallest hydroelectric dam (Youtube/ Bosch Rexroth US)

Deriner Dam is an arch dam located in Artvin Province, Turkey (Europe). It was completed in 2012 (10 years old).

Deriner Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in Turkey. The arch dam stands at a height of 249 meters and impounds up to 1.97 billion m3 of water. Deriner Dam has a structural volume of 3.40 million m3 and an installed capacity of 670MW.

 

 Compare Deriner Dam with Ermenek Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Deriner Dam with Xiaowan 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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