Otori Dam

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Otori Dam
Otori Dam survey 1976.jpg
The dam in 1976
Otori Dam is located in Japan
Otori Dam
Location of Otori Dam
Country Japan
Location Tadami
Coordinates 37°12′53″N 139°12′50″E / 37.21472°N 139.21389°E / 37.21472; 139.21389Coordinates: 37°12′53″N 139°12′50″E / 37.21472°N 139.21389°E / 37.21472; 139.21389
Status Operational
Construction began 1961
Opening date 1963
Owner(s) Electric Power Development Company
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch-gravity
Impounds Tadami River
Height 83 m (272 ft)
Length 188 m (617 ft)
Total capacity 15,800,000 m3 (12,809 acre·ft)
Active capacity 5,000,000 m3 (4,054 acre·ft)
Catchment area 656.9 km2 (254 sq mi)
Surface area 89 ha (220 acres)[1]
Power station
Commission date 1963, 2003
Hydraulic head Unit 1: 50.8 m (167 ft)
Unit 2: 48.1 m (158 ft)
Turbines 1 x 95 MW, 1 x 87 MW Kaplan-type
Installed capacity 182 MW

The Otori Dam (大鳥ダム Ōtori damu?) is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Tadami River, 17 km (11 mi) southwest of Tadami in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 182 MW power station. The power station contains two Kaplan turbine-generators. Unit 1 (95 MW) was commissioned on 20 November 1963 while Unit 2 (87 MW) was commissioned on 7 June 2003 as part of a power plant expansion project that included an additional 200 MW generator at Okutadami Dam upstream. The dam is 83 m (272 ft) tall and 188 m (617 ft) long. Its reservoir has a 15,800,000 m3 (12,809 acre·ft) capacity of which 5,000,000 m3 (4,054 acre·ft) is active (or "useful") for power generation. The reservoir has a catchment area of 656.9 km2 (254 sq mi) and surface area of 89 ha (220 acres). Of the two generators, Unit 1 has a maximum effective hydraulic head of 50.8 m (167 ft) and Unit 2 is afforded 48.1 m (158 ft). The design flood discharge of the dam is 2,200 m3/s (77,692 cu ft/s) and its service spillway is controlled by three tainter gates.[2]

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  1. ^ "Otori Dam" (in Japanese). DamMania. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Case study 01-02: Biological Diversity - Okutadami and Ohtori Expansion Hydropower Project, Japan". IEA Hydropower Implementing Agreement Annex VIII: Hydropower Good Practices: Environmental Mitigation Measures and Benefit. New Energy Foundation. 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2011.