Largest Dams in South America by Reservoir Volume
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Guri Dam of Venezuela is the largest dam by reservoir volume in South America, with a reservoir of 135 billion m3. The second largest dam by reservoir volume is Tucuruí Dam with a volume of 45 billion m3 of water, while the third largest is Itaipu Dam at 29 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in South America range from 0.36 billion m3 to 135 billion m3, with the average dam impounding up to 26.5 billion m3 of water.

 Compare Guri Dam with Alberto Lleras Dam


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Here are the largest dams by reservoir volume in South America.

Guri Dam.

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Guri Dam, also known as Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant, is located in Necuima Canyon, Bolívar, Venezuela (South America). The gravity dam was completed in 1978 (44 years old).

The installed capacity of Guri Dam is 10,235MW. The gravity dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 135 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 29.80 million m3.

 

 Compare Guri Dam with Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station from Russia.

 Compare Guri Dam with Three Gorges Dam from China.


Tucuruí Dam.

Tucuruí Dam - Brazil (Youtube/u b)

Located in Tucuruí, Pará, Brazil, Tucuruí Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1984 (38 years since completion).

Tucuruí Dam is the 3rd largest gravity dam in the world by reservoir volume. The gravity dam stands at a height of 78 meters and impounds up to 45 billion m3 of water. Tucuruí Dam has an installed capacity of 8,370MW.

 

 Compare Tucuruí Dam with Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Tucuruí Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.


Itaipu Dam.

Itaipù Dam: the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy (credit: Youtube/Total)

Completed in 1984, Itaipu Dam is a 38-year-old buttress dam. It is located in Foz do Iguaçu and Hernandarias, Brazil-Paraguay (South America).

Itaipu Dam is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in the world by installed capacity. The buttress dam stands at a height of 196 meters and impounds up to 29 billion m3 of water. Itaipu Dam has a structural volume of 12.30 million m3 and an installed capacity of 14,000MW.

 

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Daniel-Johnson Dam from Canada.

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Haweswater Dam from United Kingdom.


Ilha Solteira Dam.

Jupiá and Ilha Solteira modernization process (Youtube/CTG Brasil)

Ilha Solteira Dam is located in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil (South America). The embankment dam was completed in 1973 (49 years old).

Ilha Solteira Dam impounds the 2nd largest reservoir volume in Brazil. The embankment dam stands at a height of 76 meters and impounds up to 21.20 billion m3 of water. Ilha Solteira Dam has an installed capacity of 3,444MW.

 

 Compare Ilha Solteira Dam with San Luis Dam from United States.

 Compare Ilha Solteira Dam with Oahe Dam from United States.


Belo Monte Dam.

Belo Monte - Plant and Power Houses (Youtube/UHE Belo Monte)

Completed in 2016, Belo Monte Dam is a 6-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Pará, Brazil (South America).

Belo Monte Dam is the 2nd largest hydroelectric gravity dam in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Belo Monte Dam is 90 meters while its structural volume of 25.36 million m3. The gravity dam can hold up to 1.89 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 11,233MW.

 

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Ust-Ilimsk Hydroelectric Power Station from Russia.

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Burdekin Dam from Australia.


Macagua Dam.

VENEZUELA: PUERTO ORDAZ: HYDROELECTRIC PLANT IS INAUGURATED (Youtube/AP Archive)

Completed in 1961, Macagua Dam is a 61-year-old embankment dam. It is also known as Antonio José de Sucre and is located in Ciudad Guayana in Bolívar State, Venezuela (South America).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 3,168MW. Macagua Dam stands 69 meters tall and can impound up to 0.36 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Macagua Dam with San Roque Dam from Philippines.


Jirau Dam.

Usina Hidroelétrica Jirau (Youtube/Daniel Gade)

Completed in 2016, Jirau Dam is a 6-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Rondônia, Brazil (South America).

Jirau Dam is the 3rd largest hydroelectric dam in Brazil by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Jirau Dam is 3,750MW. The embankment dam stands 63 meters tall and its structural volume is 2 million m3.

 

 Compare Jirau Dam with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.

 Compare Jirau Dam with Robert-Bourassa Generating Station from Canada.


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