Mingechaur Hydroelectric Power Plant

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Mingechaur Hydroelectric Power Plant

 

on the Kura River, near the city of Mingechaur, Azerbaijan SSR. Construction began in 1945; it was put into operation in 1954. Rated power, 359 megawatts (six turbines); average annual power production, 1.35 billion kW-hr. The hydraulic power system satisfies requirements for power production, irrigation, water transportation, and flood control. It includes an earthen hydraulic-fill dam with a maximum height of 80 m (the world’s highest dam of its type), a length of 1,550 m, and a volume of 15.6 million cu m, surface and bottom spillways, a water intake, a hydroelectric power plant of the dam type, and a tailrace. The dam forms the Mingechaur Reservoir. Electric power is transmitted through transmission lines at voltages of 330, 220, and 110 kilovolts. The plant is a part of the integrated Transcaucasian power grid.

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