Belmeken Dam

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Belmeken Reservoir
Belmeken dam.jpg
LocationRila Mountains
Coordinates42°06′42″N 23°48′01″E / 42.11167°N 23.80028°E / 42.11167; 23.80028Coordinates: 42°06′42″N 23°48′01″E / 42.11167°N 23.80028°E / 42.11167; 23.80028
Basin countriesBulgaria
Max. length3.98 km (2.47 mi)
Max. width1.2 km (0.75 mi)
Water volume140×10^6 m3 (4.9×10^9 cu ft)[1]
Surface elevation1,923 m (6,309 ft)[1]

The Belmeken (Bulgarian: Белмекен) dam is situated in the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria and is the highest reservoir on the Balkan peninsula. There is a pumped-storage plant the Chaira Hydro Power Plant built between the lake and a lower basin. Part of the water stored in the lake is cycled back and forth through the pumped storage turbines, while the lakes outflow drains through tunnels to the Sestrimo Hydro Power Plant.[1]

Belmeken Reservoir, Bulgaria


  1. ^ a b c Chaira PSP Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.