Zaza Dam

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Zaza Dam
Zaza Dam is located in Cuba
Zaza Dam
Location of Zaza Dam
Official name Presa Zaza
Country Cuba
Location Sancti Spíritus, Sancti Spíritus Province
Coordinates 21°48′13.23″N 79°21′20.34″W / 21.8036750°N 79.3556500°W / 21.8036750; -79.3556500Coordinates: 21°48′13.23″N 79°21′20.34″W / 21.8036750°N 79.3556500°W / 21.8036750; -79.3556500
Purpose Water supply, power
Status Operational
Opening date 1972; 42 years ago (1972)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment
Height 38 m (125 ft)
Creates Zaza Reservoir
Total capacity 1,020,000,000 m3 (830,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 41.3 km2 (15.9 sq mi)
Power station
Operator(s) Unidad Empresarial de Base Hidroenergía
Commission date 2008-2009
Turbines 2 x 1.35 MW Kaplan-type
Installed capacity 2.7 MW

The Zaza Dam is an embankment dam on the Zaza River about 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Sancti Spíritus in Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba. The dam was completed in 1972 with the primary purpose of irrigation but it also supports a small hydroelectric power station. The dam's reservoir, Zaza Reservoir, has a storage capacity of 1,020,000,000 m3 (830,000 acre·ft), making it the largest in the country.[1] Beginning in the 1990s, the Chinese government helped plan and install the hydroelectric power station. It contains two 1.35 MW Kaplan turbine-generators. The first was commissioned in October 2008, the second in February 2009.[2]


  1. ^ "Aquastat - Dams in Cuba". UNFAO. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hydroelectric Plants in Cuba". IndustCards. Retrieved 24 April 2014.