Macagua Dam

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Macagua Dam
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Macagua Dam (bottom left) and locale
Macagua Dam is located in Venezuela
Macagua Dam
Location of Macagua Dam
Official name Hidroeléctrica Antonio José de Sucre
Country Venezuela
Location Ciudad Guayana in Bolívar State
Coordinates 08°18′14″N 62°40′05″W / 8.30389°N 62.66806°W / 8.30389; -62.66806Coordinates: 08°18′14″N 62°40′05″W / 8.30389°N 62.66806°W / 8.30389; -62.66806
Construction began 1956
Opening date 1961
Owner(s) CVG Electrificacion del Caroni CA
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity/embankment
Impounds Caroní River
Height 69 m (226 ft)
Length 3,537 m (11,604 ft)
Reservoir
Creates Macagua Reservoir
Total capacity 363,000,000 m3 (294,289 acre·ft)
Surface area 47.4 km2 (18 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date Macagua I: 1961
Macagua II/III:1996
Turbines 20
Macagua I: 1x 79,5 MW Francis turbine, 5 x 64 MW Francis turbines
Macagua II: 12 x 216 MW Francis turbines
Macagua III: 2 x 88 MW Kaplan turbines
Installed capacity 3,167.5 MW
Annual generation 15,200 GWh

The Macagua Dam, officially known as Antonio José de Sucre, is an embankment dam with concrete gravity sections on the Caroní River in Ciudad Guayana, Bolívar State, Venezuela. It is 10 km (6 mi)upstream from the confluence of the Caroni and Orinoco Rivers, 81 km (50 mi) downstream of the Guri Dam and 22 km (14 mi) downstream of the Caruachi Dam. The dam's main purpose is hydroelectric power generation and it was later named after Antonio José de Sucre.

Dam and power plants[edit]

The Macagua Dam is a 69 m (226 ft) tall and 3,537 m (11,604 ft) long embankment dam with concrete gravity sections for each of the three different power stations.[1] Macagua I 8°18′02″N 62°39′52″W / 8.30056°N 62.66444°W / 8.30056; -62.66444 was constructed from 1956 to 1961 and it contains 6 x 64 MW Francis turbine-generators for an installed capacity of 384 MW. Macagua II 8°18′14″N 62°40′04″W / 8.30389°N 62.66778°W / 8.30389; -62.66778 contains 12 x 216 MW Francis turbine-generators for an installed capacity of 2,592. Finally, Macagua III 8°18′09″N 62°40′46″W / 8.30250°N 62.67944°W / 8.30250; -62.67944 contains 2 x 88 MW Kaplan turbine-generators for an installed capacity of 176 MW. All together, the generation capacity is 3,152 MW. Both Macagua II and III were operational in 1996 and inaugurated in January 1997.[2] Currently, Macagua I is undergoing a refurbishment in order to increase the capacity of each generator from 64 MW to 79.5. The first generator was complete in 2010, the second is expected to be completed in 2011 and another each year thereafter.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dams - Macagua II" (in Spanish). Covenpre VENCOLD. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hydroelectric Antonio José de Sucre in Macagua" (in Spanish). Electrification del Caroni CA. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ongoing Projects - Rehabilitation of Hydroelectric Powerhouse Antonio José de Sucre in Macagua" (in Spanish). Electrification del Caroni CA. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Refurbishment and rehabilitation of Macagua I moving forward". IMPSA. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 13 January 2011.