Largest Dams in North America by Installed Capacity
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Grand Coulee Dam of United States is the largest dam by installed capacity in North America, built with a capacty of 6,809 MW. At second and third, are Robert-Bourassa generating station with a capacity of 5,616 MW and Churchill Falls Generating Station at 5,428 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in North America range from 85 MW to 6,809 MW, with the average dam installed with a capacity of 1,869.2 MW.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Churchill Falls Generating Station


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Here are the largest dams by installed capacity in North America.

Grand Coulee Dam.

Grand Coulee Dam (Youtube/Drones in the Wild)

Completed in 1942, Grand Coulee Dam is a 80-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Washington State, United States (North America).

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in North America by installed capacity. The structural height of Grand Coulee Dam is 168 meters while its structural volume of 9.16 million m3. The gravity dam can hold up to 12 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 6,809MW.

 

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Guangzhao Dam from China.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Gilgel Gibe III Dam from Ethiopia.


Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.

Welcome to Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Baie-James (Youtube/Hydro - Qu├ębec)

Robert-Bourassa generating station, also known as La Grande-2, is an embankment dam located in Baie-James, Quebec, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1981 (41 years old).

Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Robert-Bourassa generating station is 5,616MW. The embankment dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 61.70 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Fort Peck Dam from United States.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Somerset Dam from Australia.


Churchill Falls Generating Station.

Churchill Falls Generating Station (Youtube/VOCMNEWS)

Completed in 1974, Churchill Falls Generating Station is a 48-year-old dike system. It is located in Labrador, Canada (North America).

Churchill Falls Generating Station is the largest hydroelectric dike system in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Churchill Falls Generating Station is 5,428MW. The dike system stands 64 meters tall and can impound up to 32.64 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.20 million m3.

 

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with La Grande-4 from Canada.

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with Houtribdijk from Netherlands.


Bath County Pumped Storage Station.

Bath County Pumped Storage Station (Youtube/Dominion Energy)

Bath County Pumped Storage Station is an embankment dam located in Bath County, Virginia, United States (North America). It was completed in 1985 (37 years old).

Bath County Pumped Storage Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in United States by installed capacity. The structural height of Bath County Pumped Storage Station is 41 meters while its structural volume of 3.10 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 0.03 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 3,003MW.

 

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with San Roque Dam from Philippines.


W. A. C. Bennett Dam.

Tour of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (credit: Youtube/Shaw TV Northern BC)

Completed in 1968, W. A. C. Bennett Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Hudson's Hope, British Columbia, Canada (North America).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,876MW. W. A. C. Bennett Dam stands 186 meters tall and can impound up to 7.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 43.70 million m3.

 

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Bath County Pumped Storage Station from United States.

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Blowering Dam from Australia.


Mica Dam.

BC Hydro Mica Dam Test Spill 26 July 2012 base of dam (Youtube/TOC Vernon)

Located in Mica Creek, British Columbia, Canada, Mica Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1973 (49 years since completion).

Mica Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,805MW. Mica Dam stands 240 meters tall and can impound up to 24.76 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Mica Dam with Fort Peck Dam from United States.

 Compare Mica Dam with Lake Echo Dam from Australia.


Chief Joseph Dam.

Chief Joseph Dam (Youtube/Eph Robbins)

Chief Joseph Dam is a 43-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1979). It is located in Washington State, United States (North America).

Chief Joseph Dam is the 3rd largest hydroelectric dam in United States by installed capacity. The structural height of Chief Joseph Dam is 72 meters. The gravity dam can hold up to 0.64 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 2,620MW.

 

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Hume Dam from Australia.

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Guri Dam from Venezuela.


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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