Largest Dams in Asia by Reservoir Volume
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Bakun Dam of Malaysia is the largest dam by reservoir volume in Asia, with a reservoir of 43.80 billion m3. The second largest dam by reservoir volume is Three Gorges Dam with a volume of 39.30 billion m3 of water, while the third largest is Longtan Dam at 27.27 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in Asia range from 0.01 billion m3 to 43.80 billion m3, with the average dam impounding up to 9.4 billion m3 of water.

 Compare Bakun Dam with Pantabangan Dam


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Here are the largest dams by reservoir volume in Asia.

Bakun Dam.

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

Bakun Dam is an embankment dam located in Sarawak, Malaysia (Asia). It was completed in 2011 (11 years old).

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

 

 Compare Bakun Dam with Burrendong Dam from Australia.

 Compare Bakun Dam with San Luis Dam from United States.


Three Gorges Dam.

Amazing aerial view: World's largest shiplift at Three Gorges Dam (credit: Youtube/New China TV)

Three Gorges Dam is a gravity dam located in Sandouping, Yiling District, Hubei, China (Asia). It was completed in 2008 (14 years old).

Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world by installed capacity. The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 22,500MW. Three Gorges Dam stands 181 meters tall and can impound up to 39.30 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 27.40 million m3.

 

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.


Longtan Dam.

Longtan Dam龙滩水电站 (Youtube/Chinese bridge)

Longtan Dam is a 13-year-old gravity dam (completed in 2009). It is located in Tian'e County, Guangxi, China (Asia).

Longtan Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in Asia. The structural height of Longtan Dam is 216.20 meters while its structural volume of 7.67 million m3. The gravity dam can hold up to 27.27 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 6,426MW.

 

 Compare Longtan Dam with Xiangjiaba Dam from China.

 Compare Longtan Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.


Nuozhadu Dam.

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

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

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

 

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Pubugou Dam from China.


Toktogul Dam.

Toktogul dam (Youtube/Nice Travel)

Located in Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, Toktogul Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1976 (46 years since completion).

The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 1,200MW. Toktogul Dam stands 215 meters tall and can impound up to 19.50 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Toktogul Dam with Guangzhao Dam from China.

 Compare Toktogul Dam with Gilgel Gibe III Dam from Ethiopia.


Baihetan Dam.

Aerial view of Baihetan Dam

Located in Sichuan province, China, Baihetan Dam is an arch dam. It was built in 2021 (1 years since completion).

Baihetan Dam is the largest arch dam in the world by reservoir volume. The structural height of Baihetan Dam is 289 meters. The arch dam can hold up to 17.90 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 4,000MW.

 

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Karun-4 Dam from Iran.

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Jinping-I Dam from China.


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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