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World's 25 biggest hydro-electric power stations

Last updated on: March 5, 2012 15:10 IST

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Power is of great importance in modern urban existence.

Countries across the world are busy exploring their individual resources to generate power.

We present here a list of 25 biggest hydel power stations of the world.

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1. Three Gorges Dam  

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 2008/2011
  • Total capacity: 18,300 MW (October 2008); 22,500 MW (when complete)
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 80.8 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 632 km2

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2. Itaipu             

  • Country: Brazil- Paraguay
  • Year of completion: 1984/1991/2003
  • Total capacity: 14,000 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 94.7 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 1,350 km2

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3. Guri (Simon Bolivar)

  • Country: Venezuela
  • Year of completion: 1986
  • Total capacity: 10,200 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 53.41 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 4,250 km2

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4. Tucurui 

  • Country: Brazil
  • Year of completion: 1984
  • Total capacity: 8,370 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 41.43 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 3,014 km2

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5. Grand Coulee

  • Country: United States
  • Year of completion: 1942/1980
  • Total capacity: 6,809 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 20 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: Not available

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6. Sayano Shushenskaya (repair works)

  • Country: Russia
  • Year of completion: 1985/1989 2009/2014
  • Total capacity: 6,400 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 26.8 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 621 km2

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7. Krasnoyarskaya

  • Country: Russia
  • Year of completion: 1972
  • Total capacity: 6,000 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 20.4 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: 2,000 km2

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8. Robert-Bourassa

  • Country: Canada
  • Year of completion: 1981
  • Total capacity: 5,616 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available  
  • Area flooded: Not available 

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9. Churchill Falls

  • Country: Canada
  • Year of completion: 1971
  • Total capacity: 5,428 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 35 TW-hour
    Area flooded: Not available

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10. Longtan Dam

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 2009
  • Total capacity: 4,900 MW (6,300 MW when complete)
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 18.7 TW-hour
  • Area flooded:  6,988 km2

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11. Bratskaya

  • Country: Russia
  • Year of completion: 1967
  • Total capacity: 4,500 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 22.6 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: Not available

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12. Ust Ilimskaya                                             

  • Country: Russia
  • Year of completion: 1980
  • Total capacity: 4,320 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 21.7 TW-hour
  • Area flooded: Not available

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13. Paulo Afonso Hydroelectric Complex

  • Country: Brazil
  • Year of completion: 1979
  • Total capacity: 4,279 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

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14. Laxiwa Dam

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Total capacity: 4,200 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

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15. Xiaowan Dam                               

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Total capacity: 4,200 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

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16. Yacireta                                                    

  • Country: Argentina-Paraguay
  • Year of completion: 1998
  • Total capacity: 4,050 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 19.2-TW
  • Area flooded: 1600 km2

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17. Pubugou Dam                                  

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Total capacity: 3,600 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production
  • Area flooded: Not available

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18. Tarbela Dam

  • Country: Pakistan
  • Year of completion: 1976
  • Total capacity: 3,478 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 13-TW
  • Area flooded: Not available

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19. Ertan Dam                                     

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 1999
  • Total capacity: 3,300 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 17-TW
  • Area flooded

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20. Ilha Solteira Dam                           

  • Country: Brazil
  • Year of completion: 1973
  • Total capacity: 3,444 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

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21. Xingo Dam

  • Country: Brazil
  • Year of completion: 1994/1997
  • Total capacity: 3,162 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

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22. Gezhouba Dam

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Year of completion: 1988
  • Total capacity: 3,115 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 17.01-TW
  • Area flooded: Not available

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23. Boguchany Dam   

  • Country: Russia
  • Year of completion: 2011/2013           
  • Total capacity: 3,000 MW       
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 17.6-TW         
  • Area flooded: 2,326 km2

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Image: Boguchany Dam.
Photographs: Courtesy, OAO Boguchanskaya GES

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24. Nurek Dam

  • Country: Tajikistan
  • Total completion: 1979/1988
  • Total capacity: 3,000 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: 11.2-TW

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25 Goupitan Dam

  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Total completion: 2009
  • Total capacity: 3,000 MW
  • Maximum annual electricity production: Not available
  • Area flooded: Not available

Image: Goupitan Dam.


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