Fifteen times more concrete was used to build the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant than the amount used for the construction of the Eurotunnel under the English Channel.
The rate of construction at Itaipu was equivalent to a 20-story building being built every 55 minutes.
The total volume of concrete used at Itaipu would build 210 stadiums the size of Maracana in Rio de Janeiro (200,000 person capacity).
The total volume of earth and rock excavated at Itaipu is equivalent to more than twice that contained in Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
The iron and steel used at Itaipu would build 380 Eiffel Towers (Paris).
The Itaipu spillway can handle a flow 40 times greater than the average flow of the Iguassu Falls.
To produce the amount of energy that Itaipu produces 434,000 barrels of oil would have to be burned per day.
Ten nuclear power stations of medium size would be needed to produce the same amount of energy produced by Itaipu.
The annual energy production of the Itaipu Dam is enough to support:
- Brazil for 79 days
- the city of Sao Paulo for three years and four months
- the city of Rio de Janeiro for six years and seven months
- Argentina for nine months and 22 days
- Paraguay for eight years
- all of Latin America (except Brazil) for 89 days
- China for seven days
- the United States for nine days
- India for one month and nine days
- Japan for one month and five days
- Portugal for one year and 11 months
- Germany for two months
- France for two months and 14 days
- the United Kingdom for three months and 12 days
- Spain for four months and 16 days
- the entire world for approximately two days
Note: the information listed above is from Itaipu Dam