Stânca-Costești Dam

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Stânca-Costeşti Dam
Stânca-Costești Dam is located in Moldova
Stânca-Costești Dam
Location of Stânca-Costeşti Dam
Official name Barajul Stânca-Costeşti
Location Costeşti (Moldova) / Stânca (Romania)
Coordinates 47°51′30″N 27°15′31″E / 47.85833°N 27.25861°E / 47.85833; 27.25861Coordinates: 47°51′30″N 27°15′31″E / 47.85833°N 27.25861°E / 47.85833; 27.25861
Construction began 1974
Opening date 5 November 1978
Owner(s) C.N. Apele Române S.A.
Dam and spillways
Impounds Prut
Height 43 m (141 ft)
Length 300 m (980 ft)[1]
Creates Stânca-Costeşti Lake
Total capacity 1.29 km3 (1,050,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 12,000 km2 (4,600 sq mi)
Surface area 77 km2 (30 sq mi)

The Stânca-Costeşti Dam (Romanian: Barajul Stânca-Costeşti) is a dam on the Prut and a checkpoint between Moldova and Romania. The dam is located between Costeşti (Moldova) and Stânca (Romania).


The basic Romanian-Soviet agreement on its construction was ratified in 1972. Built between 1974–1978, the Stânca Costeşti Lake is a USSR-Romanian project. The lake is the reservoir for a hydro power station. The main goal of building this power station was to protect villages down the Prut river from annual floods. The 1970 floods in Romania were the worst in modern Romanian history in loss of life.

On 5 November 1978 the Stânca-Costeşti Hydroelectrical Plant on the Prut was inaugurated. Romania was represented by Ion Iliescu, the then-Minister of Electric Power Trandafir Cocîrlă, and Chairman Florin Iorgulescu of the Romanian National Council for Water Conservation, while Ivan Bodiul, Minister of Power and Electrification Peter Stepanovich Neporozhny, and Deputy Minister of Land Reclamation and Water Conservation Polat Zade represented the USSR.[2]

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