Angostura Dam (Mexico)

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Angostura Dam
Angostura Dam (Mexico) is located in Mexico
Angostura Dam (Mexico)
Location of Angostura Dam in Mexico
Official name Presa Belisario Domínguez
Country Mexico
Location Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas
Coordinates 16°24′06″N 92°46′43″W / 16.40167°N 92.77861°W / 16.40167; -92.77861Coordinates: 16°24′06″N 92°46′43″W / 16.40167°N 92.77861°W / 16.40167; -92.77861
Status In use
Construction began 1969
Opening date 1976
Owner(s) Comisión Federal de Electricidad
Dam and spillways
Impounds Grijalva River
Height 146 m (479 ft)
Creates Angostura Reservoir
Total capacity 18,200,000,000 m3 (14,754,980 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity 13,169,000,000 m3 (10,676,282 acre⋅ft)[1]
Surface area 760 km2 (293 sq mi)[2]
Power Station
Commission date 1976-1978
Turbines 5 x 180 MW Francis turbines
Installed capacity 900 MW

The Angostura Dam (officially known as the Belisario Domínguez Dam) is an embankment dam and hydroelectric power station on the Grijalva River near Venustiano Carranza in Chiapas, Mexico. The dam's power plant contains 5 x 180 MW, 3 x 310 MW Francis turbine-generators.[3] The 146 m (479 ft) tall dam withholds one of the largest reservoirs in Mexico of 18,200,000,000 m3 (14,754,980 acre⋅ft).[4][5] Initial construction on the dam began in 1969 and foundation work in 1971. On May 8, 1974, the dam began to impound its reservoir.[6] On 14 July 1976, the dam's first generator went online.[7]


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