Bao-Tavera Dams

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Bao-Tavera Dams
Bao-Tavera Dams is located in the Dominican Republic
Bao-Tavera Dams
Location of Bao-Tavera Dams in the Dominican Republic
Official nameComplejo Tavera-Bao
CountryDominican Republic
LocationSantiago, Santiago Province
Coordinates19°18′37.41″N 70°44′37.23″W / 19.3103917°N 70.7436750°W / 19.3103917; -70.7436750Coordinates: 19°18′37.41″N 70°44′37.23″W / 19.3103917°N 70.7436750°W / 19.3103917; -70.7436750
PurposePower, municipal water, irrigation
Construction began1969
Opening dateBao: 1981; 40 years ago (1981)
Tavera: 1973; 48 years ago (1973)
Owner(s)Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment, earth-fill
ImpoundsBao: Bao River
Tavera: Yaque del Norte
HeightBao: 113 m (371 ft)
Tavera: 82 m (269 ft)
LengthBao: 425 m (1,394 ft)
Dam volumeBao: 2,380,152 m3 (3,113,121 cu yd)
Tavera: 1,700,000 m3 (2,200,000 cu yd)
Spillway typeControlled chute, six radial gates
Spillway capacityTavera: 6,860 m3/s (242,000 cu ft/s)
Total capacityBao: 280,000,000 m3 (230,000 acre⋅ft)
Tavera: 170,000,000 m3 (140,000 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area785 km2 (303 sq mi)
Surface areaBao: 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Tavera: 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Tavera Hydroelectric Station
Coordinates19°19′30.06″N 70°44′12.07″W / 19.3250167°N 70.7366861°W / 19.3250167; -70.7366861
Commission date1992
Turbines2 x 48 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity96 MW

The Bao-Tavera Dam Complex refers to two earth-filled embankment dams located about 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Santiago in Santiago Province of the Dominican Republic. The Bao Dam on the Bao River is 113 m (371 ft) and withholds a reservoir with a maximum storage capacity of 280,000,000 m3 (230,000 acre⋅ft). It is the second tallest dam in the country behind the Monción Dam. The Tavera Dam, about 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Bao Dam, on the river Yaque del Norte is 82 m (269 ft) high and has a reservoir with a capacity of 170,000,000 m3 (140,000 acre⋅ft). A 1.5 km (0.93 mi) canal connects each reservoir, making them a complex. The purpose of the complex is to provide municipal water, water for irrigation and to generate hydroelectric power. Water from the Tavera Reservoir is piped downstream to the Tavera Hydroelectric Plant which is situated on the right bank of the Bao River before it meets the Yaque del Norte River. The power station contains two 48 MW Francis turbine-generators for an installed capacity of 96 MW. Construction on the Tavera Dam began in September 1969 and it was completed on 27 September 1973. The Bao Dam was completed in 1981. The power station was upgraded from 80 MW to 96 MW in 1992.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Complex Tavera-Bao" (in Spanish). Arqhys Architecture. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Data Plant: Tavera" (in Spanish). Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Aquastat - Dams in the Dominican Republic". UNFAO. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
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