Largest Dams by Reservoir Volume
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  Overview

The largest dam in the world by reservoir volume is Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station of Russia, impounding up to 169.27 billion m3 of water. The second largest dam by reservoir volume is Aswan Dam with a volume of 169 billion m3 of water, while the third largest is 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 being 14.0 billion m3.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Rutland Water 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 located in Bratsk, Russia (Europe). The gravity dam was completed in 1967 (55 years old).

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

 

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Dworshak Dam from United States.


Aswan Dam.

Aswan High Dam (credit: Youtube/Largest Dams)

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

Aswan Dam impounds the 2nd largest reservoir volume in the world. The embankment dam stands at a height of 111 meters and impounds up to 169 billion m3 of water. Aswan Dam has a structural volume of 44.30 million m3 and an installed capacity of 2,100MW.

 

 Compare Aswan Dam with Gardiner Dam from Canada.


Daniel-Johnson Dam.

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

Daniel-Johnson dam is a 52-year-old buttress dam (completed in 1970). 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 buttress dam has an installed capacity of 1,596MW. Daniel-Johnson dam stands 214 meters tall and can impound up to 142 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.20 million m3.

 

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

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Haweswater Dam from United Kingdom.


Guri Dam.

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Guri Dam, also known as Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant, is a 44-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1978). It is located in Necuima Canyon, Bolívar, Venezuela (South America).

The gravity dam stands at a height of 162 meters and impounds up to 135 billion m3 of water. Guri Dam has a structural volume of 29.80 million m3 and an installed capacity of 10,235MW.

 

 Compare Guri Dam with Jinping-II 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 Xingó Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Boguchany Dam.

Водосброс на Богучанской ГЭС (Youtube/Krasnoyarsk Gorod)

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

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

 

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Volga Hydroelectric Station from Russia.

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Revelstoke Dam from Canada.


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 Nuozhadu Dam from China.

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Wivenhoe Dam from Australia.


Atatürk Dam.

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

Completed in 1990, Atatürk Dam is a 32-year-old embankment dam. It is also known as Karababa Dam and is located in Şanlıurfa-Adıyaman, Turkey, Turkey (Europe).

The structural height of Atatürk Dam is 166 meters while its structural volume of 84.50 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 48.70 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 2,400MW.

 

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Irapé Dam from Brazil.


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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