Fortuna Dam

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Fortuna Dam
Fortuna Dam is located in Panama
Fortuna Dam
Location of Fortuna Dam
Official name Edwin Fabrega Dam
Coordinates 8°44′39.48″N 82°14′56.40″E / 8.7443000°N 82.2490000°E / 8.7443000; 82.2490000Coordinates: 8°44′39.48″N 82°14′56.40″E / 8.7443000°N 82.2490000°E / 8.7443000; 82.2490000
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Opening date 1984
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment
Height 98 m (322 ft)
Length 600 m (1,969 ft)
Total capacity 172,300,000 m3 (139,686 acre·ft)
Power station
Commission date 1984-1985
Turbines 2 x 100 MW Pelton-type
Installed capacity 300 MW
Annual generation 1,450 GWh

The Fortuna Dam, officially known as Edwin Fabrega Dam, is an embankment dam in western Panama. The original 60 m (197 ft) tall dam was completed in 1984 but it was raised to 98 m (322 ft) by 1994 to increased power generation.[1]

It is the single largest energy source in Panama, providing 30% of the country's electricity.[2] The Canadian public utility Hydro-Québec was an initial investor in the project,[3] which was completed in 1984.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hydroelectric Plants in Panama". IndustCards. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Friar, William. Panama. Moon Publications (2008), pp. 323, 419. ISBN 1-59880-085-X.
  3. ^ "Fortuna Hydroelectric Project". Hatch.ca. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^ "FERC Part 12 Inspections". Findlay Engineering. Retrieved 2014-02-04.