Largest and Tallest Buttress Dams in the World
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Which are the tallest and largest buttress dams in the world ?

Tallest Dams. The tallest buttress dam in the world is Daniel-Johnson Dam of Canada with a height of 214 meters. At second and third, are Itaipu Dam at a height of 196 meters and Clywedog Reservoir Dam at 72 meters.The heights of the major buttress dams in the world range from 27.50 meters to 214 meters, with the average height at around 127.4 meters.

Countries with most major buttress dams. The country with the most major buttress dams in the world is United Kingdom.

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Haweswater Dam


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Installed Capacity. The largest buttress dam in the world by installed capacity is Itaipu Dam of Brazil-Paraguay with a capacity of 14,000 MW.The installed capacities of major buttress dams in the world range from 1,596 MW to 14,000 MW, with the average being 7,798.0 MW.

Reservoir Volume. Daniel-Johnson Dam of Canada is the largest buttress dam by reservoir volume in the world, with a reservoir of 142 billion m3.The reservoir volumes of major buttress dams in the world range from 0.05 billion m3 to 142 billion m3, with the average buttress dam impounding up to 42.8 billion m3 of water.

Regions with most major buttress dams. The region with the most major buttress dams in the world is Europe.


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

Daniel-Johnson Dam.

Drone Daniel Johnson Dam Quebec, Canada (Youtube/James Bebop)

Completed in 1970, Daniel-Johnson dam is a 52-year-old buttress dam. It is located in Manicouagan Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada (North America).

Daniel-Johnson Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in the world. The structural height of Daniel-Johnson dam is 214 meters while its structural volume of 2.20 million m3. The buttress dam can hold up to 142 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 1,596MW.

 

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Itaipu Dam from Brazil-Paraguay.


Itaipu Dam.

Itaipù Dam: the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy (credit: Youtube/Total)

Itaipu Dam is a buttress dam located in Foz do Iguaçu and Hernandarias, Brazil-Paraguay (South America). It was completed in 1984 (38 years old).

Itaipu Dam is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in the world by installed capacity. The buttress dam has an installed capacity of 14,000MW. Itaipu Dam stands 196 meters tall and can impound up to 29 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 12.30 million m3.

 

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Clywedog Reservoir Dam from United Kingdom.


Clywedog Reservoir Dam.

Aerial view of Clywedog Reservoir Dam

Located in Llanidloes, Wales, United Kingdom, Clywedog Reservoir Dam is a buttress dam. It was built in 1965 (57 years since completion).

Clywedog Reservoir Dam is the 3rd tallest buttress dam in the world. The structural height of Clywedog Reservoir Dam is 72 meters while its structural volume of 0.20 million m3. The buttress dam can hold up to 0.05 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Clywedog Reservoir Dam with Daniel-Johnson Dam from Canada.

 Compare Clywedog Reservoir Dam with Haweswater Dam from United Kingdom.


Haweswater Dam.

Aerial view of Haweswater Dam

Haweswater Dam is located in Cumbria, England., United Kingdom (Europe). The buttress dam was completed in 1935 (87 years old).

Haweswater Dam is the 3rd largest buttress dam in the world by reservoir volume. The structural height of Haweswater Dam is 27.50 meters. The buttress dam can hold up to 0.08 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Haweswater Dam with Daniel-Johnson Dam from Canada.

 Compare Haweswater Dam with Clywedog Reservoir Dam from United Kingdom.


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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