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)

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.


Houtribdijk.

Houtribdijk reinforcement: Building with Nature - Rijkswaterstaat

Completed in 1968, Houtribdijk is a 54-year-old dike system. It is located in The region between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, Netherlands (Europe).

The dike system stands 13 meters tall and its structural volume is 78 million m3.

 

 Compare Houtribdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.

 Compare Houtribdijk with Churchill Falls Generating Station from Canada.


Afsluitdijk.

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

Located in The region between North Holland and Friesland provinces, Netherlands, Afsluitdijk is a dike system. It was built in 1932 (90 years since completion).

The structural height of Afsluitdijk is 13 meters while its structural volume of 36.50 million m3. The dike system can hold up to 5.50 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Afsluitdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.

 Compare Afsluitdijk with Houtribdijk from Netherlands.


Kölnbrein Dam.

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

Kölnbrein Dam is located in Malta, Carinthia, Austria, Austria (Europe). The arch dam was completed in 1979 (43 years old).

The arch dam has an installed capacity of 1,029MW. Kölnbrein Dam stands 200 meters tall and can impound up to 1.58 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 35.20 million m3.

 

 Compare Kölnbrein Dam with Yusufeli Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Kölnbrein Dam with Laxiwa Dam from China.


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 structural height of Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant is 193 meters while its structural volume of 8.50 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 2.10 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 690MW.

 

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with Blowering Dam from Australia.

 Compare Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant with La Esmeralda Dam from Colombia.


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.


Deriner Dam.

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

Deriner Dam is a 10-year-old arch dam (completed in 2012). It is located in Artvin Province, Turkey (Europe).

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

 

 Compare Deriner Dam with Dagangshan Dam from China.

 Compare Deriner Dam with Contra Dam from Switzerland.


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 arch dam has an installed capacity of 540MW. Yusufeli Dam stands 270 meters tall and can impound up to 2.13 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.90 million m3.

 

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with New Bullards Bar Dam from United States.

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Dagangshan 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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