Largest Dams by Reservoir Volume
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Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station of Russia is the largest dam by reservoir volume in the world, with a reservoir of 169.27 billion m3. At second and third, are Aswan Dam with a volume of 169 billion m3 of water and Daniel-Johnson dam at 142 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in the world range from 0.01 billion m3 to 169.27 billion m3, with the average dam impounding up to 14.0 billion m3 of water.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Ilha Solteira Dam


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Here are the largest dams by reservoir volume in the world.

Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station.

Bratsk hydroelectric power station (Youtube/k1cha)

Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, also known as 50 years of Great October, is a 55-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1967). It is located in Bratsk, Russia (Europe).

Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station impounds the largest reservoir volume in the world. The installed capacity of Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station is 4,515MW. The gravity dam stands 124.50 meters tall and can impound up to 169.27 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Burdekin Dam from Australia.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Gezhouba Dam from China.


Aswan Dam.

Aswan High Dam (credit: Youtube/Largest Dams)

Aswan Dam, also known as Aswan High Dam, is an embankment dam located in Aswan, Egypt, Egypt (Africa). It was completed in 1970 (52 years old).

Aswan Dam impounds the 2nd largest reservoir volume in the world. The installed capacity of Aswan Dam is 2,100MW. The embankment dam stands 111 meters tall and can impound up to 169 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 44.30 million m3.

 

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

 Compare Aswan Dam with San Luis Dam from United States.


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 Haweswater Dam from United Kingdom.

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


Guri Dam.

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Guri Dam, also known as Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant, is located in Necuima Canyon, Bolívar, Venezuela (South America). The gravity dam was completed in 1978 (44 years old).

The installed capacity of Guri Dam is 10,235MW. The gravity dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 135 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 29.80 million m3.

 

 Compare Guri Dam with Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station from Russia.

 Compare Guri Dam with Three Gorges Dam from China.


Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.

Welcome to Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Baie-James (Youtube/Hydro - Québec)

Robert-Bourassa generating station, also known as La Grande-2, is an embankment dam located in Baie-James, Quebec, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1981 (41 years old).

Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Robert-Bourassa generating station is 5,616MW. The embankment dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 61.70 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Fort Peck Dam from United States.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Somerset Dam from Australia.


Boguchany Dam.

Водосброс на Богучанской ГЭС (Youtube/Krasnoyarsk Gorod)

Boguchany Dam is a composite dam located in Kodinsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia (Europe). It was completed in 2015 (7 years old).

Boguchany Dam is the largest composite dam in the world by reservoir volume. The composite dam stands at a height of 96 meters and impounds up to 58.20 billion m3 of water. Boguchany Dam has an installed capacity of 2,997MW.

 

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Keban Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Volga Hydroelectric Station from Russia.


Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station.

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

Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is an embankment dam located in Zhigulyovsk, Russia (Europe). It was completed in 1957 (65 years old).

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

 

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Cochiti Dam from United States.

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Atatürk Dam from Turkey.


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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