Bicaz-Stejaru Hydroelectric Power Station

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Izvorul Muntelui (Bicaz) Dam
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Izvorul Muntelui Dam
Location Bicaz, Neamţ County
Romania
Coordinates 46°56′17.92″N 26°6′11.41″E / 46.9383111°N 26.1031694°E / 46.9383111; 26.1031694Coordinates: 46°56′17.92″N 26°6′11.41″E / 46.9383111°N 26.1031694°E / 46.9383111; 26.1031694
Construction began 1950
Opening date 1960
Dam and spillways
Impounds Bistriţa River
Height 127 m (417 ft)
Length 435 m (1,427 ft)[1]
Width (base) 119 m (390 ft)
Reservoir
Creates Izvorul Muntelui Lake
Total capacity 1.23 km3 (0.30 cu mi)
Catchment area 4,025 km2 (1,554 sq mi)
Surface area 310 km2 (120 sq mi)
Power station
Installed capacity 210 MW
Annual generation 500 GWh


Bicaz-Stejaru Hydro Power Plant is a hydropower development on the Bistriţa River river, near Bicaz, Romania.

The project was started and finished in the 1950s. It consists of a dam, a reservoir and a hydro power plant.

The dam is a reinforced concrete structure with a height of 127 m; it formed and holds Bicaz Lake reservoir, also known as Mountain Spring Lake ("Lacul Izvorul Muntelui").

The reservoir is the largest artificial lake in Romania; it manages river levels downstream, provides fishing, attracts tourism, fuels the power plant, and controls flooding.

The Oak Hydro-power plant ("Hidrocentrala Stejaru") is equipped with six turbines (four-27.5 MW and two-50 MW turbines) for a total installed capacity of 210 MW. The plant generates an average of 500 GWh of electricity per year, at a capacity factor of 30%; it has produced over 20 billion MWh of electricity in the first 50 years since commissioning.

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