The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant is the largest in the world in energy production.
The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest in operation in the world, is a binational enterprise developed by Brazil and Paraguay on the Paraná River.
The installed power of the plant is 12 million and 600,000 kw, with 18 generating units of 700,000 kw each. As of 2004, Itaipu will have 20 units, expanding its installed capacity to 14 million kw. In 1999, Itaipu produced 93 billion kw-hours, a generation record never achieved by another hydroelectric plant in the world.
The plant is responsible for supplying 90% of the electricity consumed in Paraguay and 25% of all demand from the Brazilian market.
As an engineering work it was elected by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Some technical data:
The spillway, the largest in the world, has the capacity to drain 62,000m³/s of water. The volume of concrete used was 12.3 million m³, enough to build a city for 4 million inhabitants.
Power: 700 mw
Voltage: 18 kv
Frequency: 50/60 hz
Water Quant.: 645 m3/s
Approximate weight: 6,600 t
Open to the general public, consists of an audiovisual displayed in the Visitor’s Center and a bus ride outside the dam with stops at lookouts for panoramic enjoyment. The route of the vehicles obeys a pre-established route by the safety of the Hydroelectric and the stops are restricted to the viewpoints.
Schedules Monday to Friday: 07:30 – 08:00 – 09:00 – 10:00 – 10:40 – 13:10 – 14:00 – 14:40 (includes audiovisual exhibition)
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 08:00 to 14:40, every 1 hour
Wheelchair visitors: easy access in all visit categories