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

Tallest Dams. Altınkaya Dam of Turkey is the tallest embankment dam in Europe, built at a height of 195 meters. At second and third, are Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant at a height of 193 meters and Atatürk Dam at 166 meters.The heights of the major embankment dams in Europe range from 35 meters to 195 meters, with the average embankment dam built at around 116.1 meters.

Countries with most major embankment dams. The countries with the most major embankment dams in Europe are the Turkey and United Kingdom.

 Compare Altınkaya Dam with Kielder Water Dam


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Installed Capacity. Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station of Russia is the largest embankment dam by installed capacity in Europe, built with a capacty of 2,488 MW.The installed capacities of major embankment dams in Europe range from 5 MW to 2,488 MW, with the average embankment dam installed with a capacity of 958.4 MW.

Reservoir Volume. The largest embankment dam in Europe by reservoir volume is Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station of Russia, impounding up to 57.30 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major embankment dams in Europe range from 0.12 billion m3 to 57.30 billion m3, with the average being 18.2 billion m3.


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

Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant.

kárahnjúkar hydropower plant Iceland clean energy (Youtube/Sigfús Steindórsson)

Located in Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland, Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant, also known as Fljótsdalur Power Station, is an embankment dam. It was built in 2009 (13 years since completion).

The installed capacity of Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant is 690MW. The embankment dam stands 193 meters tall and can impound up to 2.10 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 8.50 million m3.

 

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with Nuozhadu Dam from China.

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with Altınkaya Dam from Turkey.


Atatürk Dam.

Turkey 23 Ataturk Dam (credit: Youtube/Murray Moss)

Located in Şanlıurfa-Adıyaman, Turkey, Turkey, Atatürk Dam, also known as Karababa Dam, is an embankment dam. It was built in 1990 (32 years since completion).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 166 meters and impounds up to 48.70 billion m3 of water. Atatürk Dam has a structural volume of 84.50 million m3 and an installed capacity of 2,400MW.

 

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Gardiner Dam from Canada.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Llyn Brianne Dam.

Aerial view of Llyn Brianne Dam

Llyn Brianne Dam is located in Wales, United Kingdom (Europe). The embankment dam was completed in 1970 (52 years old).

Llyn Brianne Dam is the tallest dam in United Kingdom. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 5MW and stands 91 meters tall.

 

 Compare Llyn Brianne Dam with Wyangala Dam from Australia.

 Compare Llyn Brianne Dam with Edgar Dam from Australia.


Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station.

Zhiguli Dam - Russia (credit: Youtube/Largest Dams)

Located in Zhigulyovsk, Russia, Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is an embankment dam. It was built in 1957 (65 years since completion).

Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is the 3rd largest embankment dam in the world by reservoir volume. The installed capacity of Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is 2,488MW. The embankment dam stands 52 meters tall and can impound up to 57.30 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Ilha Solteira Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Pubugou Dam from China.


Kielder Water Dam.

Aerial view of Kielder Water Dam

Kielder Water Dam is an embankment dam located in Northumberland, England, United Kingdom (Europe). It was completed in 1975 (47 years old).

Kielder Water Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in United Kingdom by installed capacity. The structural height of Kielder Water Dam is 52 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 0.20 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 6MW.

 

 Compare Kielder Water Dam with Fort Randall Dam from United States.

 Compare Kielder Water Dam with Bath County Pumped Storage Station from United States.


Rutland Water Dam.

Aerial view of Rutland Water Dam

Rutland Water Dam is a 47-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1975). It is located in Rutland, England, United Kingdom (Europe).

Rutland Water Dam impounds the 2nd largest reservoir volume in United Kingdom. The structural height of Rutland Water Dam is 35 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 0.12 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Rutland Water Dam with Serpentine Dam from Australia.

 Compare Rutland Water Dam with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.


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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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