Arroyito Dam

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Arroyito Dam
Country Argentina
Coordinates 39°06′25.2″S 68°35′07.8″W / 39.107000°S 68.585500°W / -39.107000; -68.585500Coordinates: 39°06′25.2″S 68°35′07.8″W / 39.107000°S 68.585500°W / -39.107000; -68.585500
Status Operational
Opening date 1979
Dam and spillways
Impounds Limay River
Height (thalweg) 26 m (85 ft)
Surface area 38.6 km2 (14.9 sq mi)
Normal elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)
Power station
Turbines 3 x 42,6 MW
Installed capacity 127,8 MW

The Arroyito Dam (in Spanish, Embalse de Arroyito) is the fifth of five dams on the Limay River in northwestern Argentine Patagonia (the Comahue region), at 315 metres (1,033 ft) above mean sea level. It was inaugurated in 1979.

The dam is made of compacted loose materials. It has a volume of 4 million cubic metres (140×10^6 cu ft), measuring 37 metres (121 ft) in height and 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) in length. It is used primarily for the generation of hydroelectricity, with an installed power of 1,278 megawatts (1,714,000 hp). It generates on average 560 gigawatt-hours (2,000 TJ) per year. It also serves as a check dam for El Chocón, located upstream.

The reservoir has an area of 38.6 square kilometres (14.9 sq mi) and a volume of 300 million cubic metres (11×10^9 cu ft). Its depth is 7.7 metres (25 ft) on average (maximum: 15 metres (49 ft)).


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