Itaipu hydroelectric plant, in Brazil, beats power production world record

3 January 2014

The Itaipu hydroelectric plant, on the Paraná River in Brazil, has beaten its own world record for annual power production, by producing 98.2 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, the company said in a statement.

The electricity production at Itaipu is more than that of the “Three Gorges” Chinese hydroelectric facility, which is the world’s largest, said the plant’s operations superintendent, Hugo Zárate.

In 2012, the “Three Gorges” dam produced 98.1 million MWh of power. The Chinese dam, which has 32 turbines, is on the Yangtze River.

The Itaipu has 20 huge turbines each weighing 3,800 tons, and has now reached its maximum production capacity. (macauhub)