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Itaipú Dam

(ētī`po͞o), hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River, on the Brazil-Paraguay border. Jointly constructed (1975–91) by Brazil and Paraguay, it is the second-largest hydroelectric dam in the world, exceeded only by the Three Gorges DamThree Gorges Dam,
607 ft (185 m) high and 7,575 ft (2,309 m) long, on the Chang (Yangtze) River, central Hubei prov., China, 30 mi (48 km) W of Yichang. The largest concrete structure in the world, the dam itself was constructed from 1994 to 2006.
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. The dam is 4.8 mi (7.76 km) long and rises to a height of 643 ft (196 m). The power plant has a 20 generating units with a total production capacity of 14,000 MW. By the year 2000, the facility was generating some 94% of Paraguay's energy supply and about 20% of Brazil's. The Itaipú Reservoir, created by the dam, stretches nearly 100 mi (161 km) upstream; Guairá Falls is submerged by its waters.
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The ambassador told the group that the president of the Itaipu Dam had expressed his interest in entertaining a Pakistani delegation of professionals and technicians who could learn from Brazil in its hydro electricity production and could share information on Pakistan's energy and water needs by experience sharing from South America's biggest dam.
1982 Itaipu Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric plant, is inaugurated on the Brazil-Paraguay border.
Paraguay's strong economic growth is based on several factors, foremost of which are commodity exports, the world's fourth-largest exporter of soybeans and the sixth largest source of maize, one of the world's largest hydropower producers, one-fourth of which is generated by one of the world's largest dams, the Itaipu dam, jointly owned and operated by the governments of Paraguay and Brazil.
Debt related to the Itaipu dam has been amortizing yearly and expected to be fully paid off by 2022.
And if this natural wonder isn't enough, passengers can snag a view of the modern ingenuity of the Itaipu Dam just moments before reaching the falls.
This tour will give you a rare chance of seeing the worlds largest hydroelectric system at the Itaipu Dam.
(35) In particular, the researchers highlight Brazil's Itaipu dam, which suffered a 240 per cent cost overrun that impaired the nation's public finances for three decades, and is unlikely ever to recoup the costs incurred to build it.
In South America we have Salto Grande dam, on Uruguay River (Argentina-Uruguay), the Itaipu Dam, on the Parana River (Brazil-Paraguay), and Yacyreta Dam, on the Parana River (Argentina-Paraguay) as examples of large enterprises (UDAEDA et al., 2006; BOEIRA, 2006; QUEIROZ & VILELA, 2010).
The Yangtze river power station generated 98.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014, the Three Gorges Dam Corporation said in a statement, topping the 2013 production from the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu dam.
The Parana basin in Brazil is the most intensively exploited with the largest number of reservoirs among the large basins of South America as Engenheiro Souza Dias Dam (Jupia), Engenheiro Sergio Motta Dam (Porto Primavera) and Itaipu Dam (Souza Filho and Stevaux, 2004).