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Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Station 
Meaning of the word Itaipu
The largest
International tourist attraction
The two new units 9a and 18a were completed in 2007
 
 
Meaning of the word Itaipu
click to enlargeItaipu is the Guarani word for "the singing stone"; Ita = stone, pu = noise, song. Itaipu was the name of a rock island located in the middle of the Parana River where the dam is located today. When the water splashed on the rock island it produced a loud noise. From that we have the name Itaipu.
 
The largest
click to enlargeThe Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, the second largest in the world, is a bi-national joint venture on the Parana River, between Brazil and Paraguay. The installed capacity of the power plant was 12,000,000 kilowatts (kW). Since 2007 it was increased to 20 generators with a 700,000 kW capacity each. Its installed capacity is 14,000,000 kW. In 2016 Itaipu produced 103.09 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) OR 103,098,366 MWh, a record of production that has never been held by any other power plant in the world. The power plant is responsible for 75% of the energy consumed in Paraguay (7 million inhabitants) and 15% of that consumed in Brazil (206 million inhabitants).
 
International tourist attraction
click to enlargeSince its opening to visitors in 1977, over 21,000,000 people from 170 countries have visited Itaipu.
 
The two new units 9a and 18a were completed in 2007

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