Largest Dams in Europe by Reservoir Volume

By  Sam Drake , views , updated
Categories: Urban Europe
Dataset contains 33 data items (see table below).

Overview

The largest dam in Europe by reservoir volume is Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station of Russia, impounding up to 169.27 billion m3 of water. At second and third, are Boguchany Dam with a volume of 58.20 billion m3 of water and Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station at 57.30 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in Europe range from 0.05 billion m3 to 169.27 billion m3, with the average being 16.9 billion m3.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant

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Here are the largest dams by reservoir volume in Europe.

Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station.

Bratsk hydroelectric power station (Youtube/k1cha)

Completed in 1967, Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station is a 55-year-old gravity dam. It is also known as 50 years of Great October and is located in Bratsk, Russia (Europe).

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 Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station with Guangzhao Dam from China.


Boguchany Dam.

Водосброс на Богучанской ГЭС (Youtube/Krasnoyarsk Gorod)

Boguchany Dam is a 7-year-old composite dam (completed in 2015). It is located in Kodinsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia (Europe).

Boguchany Dam is the largest composite dam in the world by reservoir volume. The installed capacity of Boguchany Dam is 2,997MW. The composite dam stands 96 meters tall and can impound up to 58.20 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Santo Antônio Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Boguchany Dam with Revelstoke Dam from Canada.


Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station.

Zhiguli Dam - Russia (credit: Youtube/Largest Dams)

Located in Zhigulyovsk, Russia, Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is an embankment dam. It was built in 1957 (65 years since completion).

Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station is the 3rd largest embankment dam in the world by reservoir volume. The embankment dam stands at a height of 52 meters and impounds up to 57.30 billion m3 of water. Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station has an installed capacity of 2,488MW.

 

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Llyn Brianne Dam from United Kingdom.

 Compare Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station with Gardiner Dam from Canada.


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 Jiangpinghe Dam from China.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Jirau Dam from Brazil.


Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam.

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

Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam is located in Sayanogorsk, Khakassia, Russia (Europe). The arch-gravity dam was completed in 1985 (37 years old).

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

 

 Compare Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam with Hoover Dam from United States.


Keban Dam.

Hydroelektrownia Keban Dam (Youtube/wromar518)

Located in Elazığ, Turkey, Keban Dam is a composite dam. It was built in 1974 (48 years since completion).

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.


Afsluitdijk.

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

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

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 Churchill Falls Generating Station from Canada.

 Compare Afsluitdijk with Houtribdijk from Netherlands.


Boyabat Dam.

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

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

The structural height of Boyabat Dam is 195 meters while its structural volume of 2.30 million m3. The gravity dam can hold up to 3.56 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 513MW.

 

 Compare Boyabat Dam with Grand Coulee Dam from United States.

 Compare Boyabat Dam with Toktogul Dam from Kyrgyzstan.


Yusufeli Dam.

Aerial view of Yusufeli Dam

Yusufeli Dam is a 1-year-old arch dam (completed in 2021). It is located in Yusufeli, Artvin Province, Turkey (Europe).

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 Wudongde Dam from China.

 Compare Yusufeli Dam with Deriner Dam from Turkey.


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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