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.

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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 Fort Randall Dam from United States.

 Compare Bakun Dam with Angat Dam from Philippines.


Three Gorges Dam.

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

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

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

 

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Belo Monte Dam from Brazil.


Longtan Dam.

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

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

Longtan Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in Asia. The installed capacity of Longtan Dam is 6,426MW. The gravity dam stands 216.20 meters tall and can impound up to 27.27 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 7.67 million m3.

 

 Compare Longtan Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Longtan Dam with Guri Dam from Venezuela.


Nuozhadu Dam.

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

Nuozhadu Dam is a 10-year-old embankment dam (completed in 2012). It is located in Yunnan Province, China (Asia).

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

 

 Compare Nuozhadu Dam with Çetin Dam from Turkey.


Toktogul Dam.

Toktogul dam (Youtube/Nice Travel)

Toktogul Dam is a 46-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1976). It is located in Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan (Asia).

The gravity dam stands at a height of 215 meters and impounds up to 19.50 billion m3 of water. Toktogul Dam has an installed capacity of 1,200MW.

 

 Compare Toktogul Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Toktogul Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.


Baihetan Dam.

Aerial view of Baihetan Dam

Baihetan Dam is an arch dam located in Sichuan province, China (Asia). It was completed in 2021 (1 years old).

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

 

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Karun-4 Dam from Iran.

 Compare Baihetan Dam with Jinping-I Dam from China.


Xiaowan Dam.

The Tallest Arch Dam in The World(2010-2013)航拍小湾电站 (credit: Youtube/Chinese Bridge)

Xiaowan Dam is a 12-year-old arch dam (completed in 2010). It is located in Nanjian County, Yunnan Province, China (Asia).

Xiaowan Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in the world. The arch dam stands at a height of 292 meters and impounds up to 15 billion m3 of water. Xiaowan Dam has an installed capacity of 4,200MW.

 

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with El Cajón Dam from Honduras.

 Compare Xiaowan Dam with Dagangshan Dam from China.


Tarbela Dam.

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

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

The embankment dam stands at a height of 143 meters and impounds up to 13.70 billion m3 of water. Tarbela Dam has a structural volume of 153 million m3 and an installed capacity of 4,888MW.

 

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Fairbairn Dam from Australia.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Eucumbene Dam from Australia.


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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