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(Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná)
Paraguay > Alto Paraná > Ciudad del Este > Itaipu Binacional

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"Majestic Views"

We were in doubt whether or not we would visit Itaipu ... last minute we decided to make the visit special and it was the best thing we did! This visit includes entrance into some parts of the plant (see above the control room, for ex) and everything explained by a very attentive guide.

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Itaipu Dam

The Itaipu Dam ">[itɐjˈpu], locally: [ita.iˈpu], Spanish pronunciation: [itaiˈpu]) is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The name "Itaipu" was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. In the Guarani language, Itaipu means "the sounding stone". Itaipu is the hydroelectric plant that produces more energy in the world, setting a new world record in 2016, 103,098,366 megawatt hour ; and had surpassed the Three Gorges Dam plant in 2016 and 2015 in energy production. Completed in 1984, it is a binational undertaking run by Brazil and Paraguay at the border between the two countries, 15 km north of the Friendship Bridge. The project ranges from Foz do Iguaçu, in Brazil, and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, in the south to Guaíra and Salto del Guairá in the north. The installed generation capacity of the plant is 14 GW, with 20 generating units providing 700 MW each with a hydraulic design head of 118 metres . In 2016 the plant generated a new world record In 2016, the plant employed 3038 workers.

Of the twenty generator units currently installed, ten generate at 50 Hz for Paraguay and ten generate at 60 Hz for Brazil. Since the output capacity of the Paraguayan generators far exceeds the load in Paraguay, most of their production is exported directly to the Brazilian side, from where two 600 kV HVDC lines, each approximately 800 kilometres long, carry the majority of the energy to the São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro region where the terminal equipment converts the power to 60 Hz.


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