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 namePresa Belisario Domínguez
LocationVenustiano Carranza, Chiapas
Coordinates16°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
StatusIn use
Construction began1969
Opening date1976
Owner(s)Comisión Federal de Electricidad
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsGrijalva River
Height146 m (479 ft)
CreatesAngostura Reservoir
Total capacity18,200,000,000 m3 (14,754,980 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity13,169,000,000 m3 (10,676,282 acre⋅ft)[1]
Surface area760 km2 (293 sq mi)[2]
Power Station
Commission date1976-1978
Turbines5 x 180 MW Francis turbines
Installed capacity900 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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