Largest Dams in Europe by Structural Volume
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  Overview

The Atatürk Dam is a zoned rock-fill dam on the Euphrates River in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The reservoir created behind the dam, called Lake Atatürk Dam, is the fourth largest in the world. The Atatürk Dam stands at 166m tall and has a structure volume of 84.5 million cubic meters.

The Houtribdijk dam of Netherlands, frequently called the "Enkhuizen–Lelystad dike", has an estimated structure volume of 78 million cubic meters.

The Afsluitdijk dam of Netherlands is at third, with a dam volume of 36.50 million m3.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.


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Here are the largest dams by structural volume in Europe.

Atatürk Dam.

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

Atatürk Dam, also known as Karababa Dam, is an embankment dam located in Şanlıurfa-Adıyaman, Turkey, Turkey (Europe). It was completed in 1990 (32 years old).

The installed capacity of Atatürk Dam is 2,400MW. The embankment dam stands 166 meters tall and can impound up to 48.70 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 84.50 million m3.

 

 Compare Atatürk Dam with La Esmeralda Dam from Colombia.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Altınkaya Dam from Turkey.


Houtribdijk.

Houtribdijk reinforcement: Building with Nature - Rijkswaterstaat

Houtribdijk is a dike system located in The region between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, Netherlands (Europe). It was completed in 1968 (54 years old).

The structural height of Houtribdijk is 13 meters while its structural volume of 78 million m3.

 

 Compare Houtribdijk with Afsluitdijk from Netherlands.

 Compare Houtribdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.


Afsluitdijk.

The new Afsluitdijk, the largest pumping station in Europe - Rijkswaterstaat

Afsluitdijk is a 90-year-old dike system (completed in 1932). It is located in The region between North Holland and Friesland provinces, Netherlands (Europe).

The dike system stands at a height of 13 meters and impounds up to 5.50 billion m3 of water. Afsluitdijk has a structural volume of 36.50 million m3.

 

 Compare Afsluitdijk with Churchill Falls Generating Station from Canada.

 Compare Afsluitdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.


Kölnbrein Dam.

4K - Dam Malta Austria (Kölnbrein Dam) Cinematic (credit: Youtube/ Hayco)

Located in Malta, Carinthia, Austria, Austria, Kölnbrein Dam is an arch dam. It was built in 1979 (43 years since completion).

The structural height of Kölnbrein Dam is 200 meters while its structural volume of 35.20 million m3. The arch dam can hold up to 1.58 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 1,029MW.

 

 Compare Kölnbrein Dam with Yusufeli Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Kölnbrein Dam with Enguri Dam from Georgia.


Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant.

kárahnjúkar hydropower plant Iceland clean energy (Youtube/Sigfús Steindórsson)

Located in Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland, Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant, also known as Fljótsdalur Power Station, is an embankment dam. It was built in 2009 (13 years since completion).

The installed capacity of Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant is 690MW. The embankment dam stands 193 meters tall and can impound up to 2.10 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 8.50 million m3.

 

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with Copeton Dam from Australia.


Grande Dixence Dam.

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

Located in Hérémence, Switzerland, Grande Dixence Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1961 (61 years since completion).

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 Jinping-II Dam from China.


Deriner Dam.

Deriner Dam - Europe's tallest hydroelectric dam (Youtube/ Bosch Rexroth US)

Located in Artvin Province, Turkey, Deriner Dam is an arch dam. It was built in 2012 (10 years since completion).

Deriner Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in Turkey. The arch dam stands at a height of 249 meters and impounds up to 1.97 billion m3 of water. Deriner Dam has a structural volume of 3.40 million m3 and an installed capacity of 670MW.

 

 Compare Deriner Dam with Gordon Dam from Australia.

 Compare Deriner Dam with Kölnbrein Dam from Austria.


Yusufeli Dam.

Aerial view of Yusufeli Dam

Yusufeli Dam is located in Yusufeli, Artvin Province, Turkey (Europe). The arch dam was completed in 2021 (1 years old).

Yusufeli Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in Europe. The structural height of Yusufeli Dam is 270 meters while its structural volume of 2.90 million m3. The arch dam can hold up to 2.13 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 540MW.

 

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Deriner Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Jinping-I Dam from China.


Boyabat Dam.

Boyabat HES Barajı (Hydroelectric power plant dam) (Youtube/İTPİNT İTPİNT)

Boyabat Dam is located in The border region of Sinop and Samsun Provinces, Turkey (Europe). The gravity dam was completed in 2012 (10 years old).

The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 513MW. Boyabat Dam stands 195 meters tall and can impound up to 3.56 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.30 million m3.

 

 Compare Boyabat Dam with Srisailam Dam from India.

 Compare Boyabat Dam with Allatoona Dam from United States.


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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