Marèges Dam

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Marèges Dam
Barrage de Marèges.jpg
Marèges Dam is located in France
Marèges Dam
Location of Marèges Dam
Official name Barrage de Marèges
Country France
Location Liginiac
Coordinates 45°23′30″N 2°21′51″E / 45.39167°N 2.36417°E / 45.39167; 2.36417Coordinates: 45°23′30″N 2°21′51″E / 45.39167°N 2.36417°E / 45.39167; 2.36417
Status Operational
Construction began 1932
Opening date 1935
Owner(s) Société Hydoélectrique du Midi (SHEM)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete arch, double-curvature
Height 89.5 m (294 ft)
Length 198 m (650 ft)
Elevation at crest 408 m (1,339 ft)
Width (crest) 3 m (10 ft)
Width (base) 19 m (62 ft)
Dam volume 185,000 m3 (241,971 cu yd)
Total capacity 47,000,000 m3 (38,104 acre·ft)[2]
Catchment area 2,540 km2 (981 sq mi)
Surface area 1.2 km2 (297 acres)[1]
Power station
Commission date 1935/1988
Turbines 4 x 37.5 MW Francis-type, 1 x 122 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 272 MW[3]
Annual generation 338 GWh[4]

The Marèges Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Dordogne River. It is located 4 km (2 mi) southeast of Liginiac in Corrèze department, France. It was constructed between 1932 and 1935 by the Railway Company du Midi. Its primary purpose is the generation of hydroelectricity and the original power station contained four Francis turbine-generators. The dam and power plant was built to help France become less dependent on costly energy resource imports after World War I.[5] The fifth Francis turbine-generator, rated at 122 MW, at the Saint Pierre power station, on the left bank of the river, was commissioned in 1988.[6] The dam, designed by André Coyne, incorporated several innovative features to include a ski-jump spillway, the right abutment anchored with a prestressed cable and monitored with audible signals and a new cofferdam design.[5]


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  2. ^ "Marèges Dam". Structurae. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Marèges Dam". Industry About. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dams Dordogne" (in French). Dams of the Dordogne. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Marèges (1935)". Planete-TP. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mareges Group" (in French). SHEM. Retrieved 23 April 2012.