Top Ten Hydroelectric Generating Stations

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Station/Nation Capacity MW/Cost
1) Three Gorges Dam,
China, (2006-2011)
18,200
$24.65 billion
2)Itaipu Hydroelectricity Power Plant,
Brazil, (1984/1991/2003)
14,000
$19.6 billion
3) Guri Dam,
Venezuela, (1986)
10,200
$5.61 billion
4) Tucuruí Dam,
Brazil, (1984)
8,370
$7.5 billion
5) Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Power Plant,
United States, (1942 & 1980)
6,809  (a)
$2.93 billion
6) Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam,
Russia, (1978)
6,400 (b)
1,243.6  million rubles  (c)
7) Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Plant
Russia, (1972)
6,000
$2.49 billion
8) Robert-Bourassa Hydroelectric Power Plant
Canada, (1981)
5,616
$3.8 billion
9) Churchill Falls Generating Station
Canada, (1971)
5,428
946 million Canadian dollars (d)
10) Longtan Dam,
China,  (2009)
4,900
$4.2 billion

a Adjusted for 1998 dollars. Total construction costs  were $730 million in 1942 and 1980 dollars.

b In 1978 the ruble was equivalent to $65.65.

c Post-accident (August 2009) cost estimates to rebuild the station that killed 75 people were $1.3 billion. The plant partially reopened in February 2010.

d In 1971 the Canadian dollar was equivalent in value to the American dollar.

Sources: “Dams in Amazonia”, “Encyclopedia Britannia”, Green World Investor,  “Hydrotechincal Construction”, “New World Encyclopedia”, UPI and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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