Largest Dams in Europe by Installed Capacity
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Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam of Russia is the largest dam by installed capacity in Europe, built with a capacty of 6,400 MW. At second and third, are Krasnoyarsk Dam with a capacity of 6,000 MW and Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station at 4,515 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in Europe range from 5 MW to 6,400 MW, with the average dam installed with a capacity of 1,630.7 MW.

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Here are the largest dams by installed capacity in Europe.

Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam.

Russia‬: Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP (Youtube/John Sommers)

Completed in 1985, Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam is a 37-year-old arch-gravity dam. It is located in Sayanogorsk, Khakassia, Russia (Europe).

Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam is the tallest arch-gravity dam in the world. The arch-gravity dam has an installed capacity of 6,400MW. Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam stands 242 meters tall and can impound up to 31.30 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam with Gariep Dam from South Africa.

 Compare Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam with Glen Canyon Dam from United States.


Krasnoyarsk Dam.

Krasnoyarsk - The Jewel of Siberia | RUSSIA 2019 (Youtube/One Man Wolf Pack)

Located in Divnogorsk, Russia, Krasnoyarsk Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1972 (50 years since completion).

Krasnoyarsk Dam is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in Europe by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Krasnoyarsk Dam is 6,000MW, while its height is 124 meters.

 

 Compare Krasnoyarsk Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Krasnoyarsk Dam with Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station from Russia.


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.


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.


Grande Dixence Dam.

The Wall | Grande Dixence Switzerland (Youtube/ds drone)

Completed in 1961, Grande Dixence Dam is a 61-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Hérémence, Switzerland (Europe).

Grande Dixence Dam is the tallest gravity dam in the world. The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 2,069MW. Grande Dixence Dam stands 285 meters tall and can impound up to 0.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 6 million m3.

 

 Compare Grande Dixence Dam with Grand Coulee Dam from United States.

 Compare Grande Dixence Dam with Xiangjiaba Dam from China.


Keban Dam.

Hydroelektrownia Keban Dam (Youtube/wromar518)

Keban Dam is located in Elazığ, Turkey (Europe). The composite dam was completed in 1974 (48 years old).

Keban Dam is the tallest composite dam in the world. The installed capacity of Keban Dam is 1,330MW. The composite dam stands 207 meters tall and can impound up to 30.60 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Keban Dam with Revelstoke Dam from Canada.


Enguri Dam.

Georgia: Enguri dam keeps the power flowing (Youtube/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Enguri Dam is located in Tsalenjikha, Georgia (Europe). The arch dam was completed in 1978 (44 years old).

Enguri Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in Europe. The installed capacity of Enguri Dam is 1,300MW, while its height is 271.50 meters.

 

 Compare Enguri Dam with Wudongde Dam from China.

 Compare Enguri Dam with Mratinje Dam from Montenegro.


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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