Largest and Tallest Embankment dams in Asia
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Which are the tallest and largest embankment dams in Asia ?

Tallest Dams. The tallest embankment dam in Asia is Nurek Dam of Tajikistan with a height of 300 meters. At second and third, are Nuozhadu Dam at a height of 261.50 meters and Tehri Dam at 260.50 meters.The heights of the major embankment dams in Asia range from 60.96 meters to 300 meters, with the average height at around 192.6 meters.

Countries with most major embankment dams. The country with the most major embankment dams in Asia is China.

 Compare Nurek Dam with Shuibuya Dam


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Installed Capacity. Nuozhadu Dam of China is the largest embankment dam by installed capacity in Asia, built with a capacty of 5,850 MW.The installed capacities of major embankment dams in Asia range from 100 MW to 5,850 MW, with the average embankment dam installed with a capacity of 1,960.1 MW.

Reservoir Volume. The largest embankment dam in Asia by reservoir volume is Bakun Dam of Malaysia, impounding up to 43.80 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major embankment dams in Asia range from 0.84 billion m3 to 43.80 billion m3, with the average being 9.0 billion m3.


Let's check out some of these tallest and largest embankment dams in Asia.

Nurek Dam.

A bird's-eye view on Nurek. Tajikistan - CAREC energy

Nurek Dam is a 42-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1980). It is located in Nurek, Khatlon region, Tajikistan (Asia).

Nurek Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in the world. The installed capacity of Nurek Dam is 3,015MW. The embankment dam stands 300 meters tall and can impound up to 10.50 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 54 million m3.

 

 Compare Nurek Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Nurek Dam with Tarbela Dam from Pakistan.


Nuozhadu Dam.

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

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

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

 

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Wyangala Dam from Australia.

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Tehri Dam from India.


Tehri Dam.

Top view of Tehri Dam (Youtube/Civil Design)

Located in Uttarakhand, India, Tehri Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 2006 (16 years since completion).

Tehri Dam is the tallest dam in India. The structural height of Tehri Dam is 260.50 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 4 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 1,000MW.

 

 Compare Tehri Dam with Chicoasén Dam from Mexico.


Changheba Dam.

Changheba Dam in Daduhe River大渡河长河坝水电站 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Changheba Dam is a 5-year-old embankment dam (completed in 2017). It is located in Kangding, Sichuan, China (Asia).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,600MW. Changheba Dam stands 240 meters tall and can impound up to 1.08 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Changheba Dam with Rutland Water Dam from United Kingdom.

 Compare Changheba Dam with Fort Peck Dam from United States.


Jiangpinghe Dam.

Jiangpinghe Dam航拍江坪河水电站 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Jiangpinghe Dam is a 10-year-old embankment dam (completed in 2012). It is located in Hefeng County, Hubei Province, China (Asia).

The installed capacity of Jiangpinghe Dam is 500MW. The embankment dam stands 221 meters tall and can impound up to 1.37 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 7.18 million m3.

 

 Compare Jiangpinghe Dam with Pantabangan Dam from Philippines.

 Compare Jiangpinghe Dam with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.


Bakun Dam.

Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (HEP) (Youtube/SARAWAK ENERGY Official)

Completed in 2011, Bakun Dam is a 11-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Sarawak, Malaysia (Asia).

Bakun Dam impounds the largest reservoir volume in Asia. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,400MW. Bakun Dam stands 205 meters tall and can impound up to 43.80 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Bakun Dam with Pantabangan Dam from Philippines.

 Compare Bakun Dam with Çetin Dam from Turkey.


San Roque Dam.

San Roque Dam (credit: Youtube/Merikano)

Completed in 2003, San Roque Dam is a 19-year-old embankment dam. It is located in San Manuel and San Nicolas, Pangasinan; and Itogon, Benguet, Philippines (Asia).

San Roque Dam is the tallest dam in Philippines. The embankment dam stands at a height of 200 meters and impounds up to 0.84 billion m3 of water. San Roque Dam has a structural volume of 40 million m3 and an installed capacity of 345MW.

 

 Compare San Roque Dam with Robert-Bourassa Generating Station from Canada.

 Compare San Roque Dam with Fairbairn Dam from Australia.


Mangla Dam.

Mangla Dam | Mirpur Azad Kashmir (credit: Youtube/Kashmir TV)

Located in Mangla, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, Mangla Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1967 (55 years since completion).

The installed capacity of Mangla Dam is 1,000MW. The embankment dam stands 147 meters tall and can impound up to 7.25 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 65.40 million m3.

 

 Compare Mangla Dam with Hirakud Dam from India.

 Compare Mangla Dam with Burrendong Dam from Australia.


Tarbela Dam.

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

Tarbela Dam is located in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (Asia). The embankment dam was completed in 1976 (46 years old).

The installed capacity of Tarbela Dam is 4,888MW. The embankment dam stands 143 meters tall and can impound up to 13.70 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 153 million m3.

 

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Fort Peck Dam from United States.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with La Yesca Dam from Mexico.


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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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