Largest Dams in South America by Structural Volume
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The largest dam in South America by structural volume is Guri Dam of Venezuela at 29.80 million m3. The second largest dam by structure volume is Belo Monte Dam at 25.36 million m3, while the third largest is Alberto Lleras Dam at 17.10 million m3.The structural volumes of major dams in South America range from 2 million m3 to 29.80 million m3, with the average being 15.2 million m3.

 Compare Guri Dam with Jirau Dam


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

Guri Dam.

Venezuela orders electricity blackouts to save money during drought - CGTN America

Guri Dam, also known as Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant, is a 44-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1978). It is located in Necuima Canyon, Bolívar, Venezuela (South America).

The gravity dam stands at a height of 162 meters and impounds up to 135 billion m3 of water. Guri Dam has a structural volume of 29.80 million m3 and an installed capacity of 10,235MW.

 

 Compare Guri Dam with Jinping-II Dam from China.


Belo Monte Dam.

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

Located in Pará, Brazil, Belo Monte Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 2016 (6 years since completion).

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

 

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Boyabat Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Bhakra Dam from India.


Itaipu Dam.

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

Itaipu Dam is located in Foz do Iguaçu and Hernandarias, Brazil-Paraguay (South America). The buttress dam was completed in 1984 (38 years old).

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

 

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Daniel-Johnson Dam from Canada.


Jirau Dam.

Usina Hidroelétrica Jirau (Youtube/Daniel Gade)

Jirau Dam is a 6-year-old embankment dam (completed in 2016). 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 Blowering Dam from Australia.

 Compare Jirau Dam with Cochiti Dam from United States.


Macagua Dam.

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

Macagua Dam, also known as Antonio José de Sucre, is located in Ciudad Guayana in Bolívar State, Venezuela (South America). The embankment dam was completed in 1961 (61 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 69 meters and impounds up to 0.36 billion m3 of water. Macagua Dam has an installed capacity of 3,168MW.

 

 Compare Macagua Dam with Fairbairn Dam from Australia.

 Compare Macagua Dam with Gardiner Dam from Canada.


Ilha Solteira Dam.

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

Located in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil, Ilha Solteira Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1973 (49 years since completion).

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

 

 Compare Ilha Solteira Dam with Mangla Dam from Pakistan.

 Compare Ilha Solteira Dam with Talbingo Dam from Australia.


Tucuruí Dam.

Tucuruí Dam - Brazil (Youtube/u b)

Tucuruí Dam is a 38-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1984). It is located in Tucuruí, Pará, Brazil (South America).

Tucuruí Dam is the 3rd largest gravity dam in the world by reservoir volume. The installed capacity of Tucuruí Dam is 8,370MW. The gravity dam stands 78 meters tall and can impound up to 45 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Tucuruí Dam with Chief Joseph Dam from United States.

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


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