Matanoagawa Dam

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Matanoagawa Dam
Matanogawa Dam.jpg
Matanoagawa Dam is located in Japan
Matanoagawa Dam
Location of Matanoagawa Dam
Country Japan
Location Kōfu
Coordinates 35°14′44″N 133°29′30″E / 35.24556°N 133.49167°E / 35.24556; 133.49167Coordinates: 35°14′44″N 133°29′30″E / 35.24556°N 133.49167°E / 35.24556; 133.49167
Status Operational
Construction began 1978
Opening date 1984
Owner(s) Chugoku Electric Power Company
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Impounds Hino River tributary
Height 69.3 m (227 ft)
Length 185 m (607 ft)
Dam volume 165,000 m3 (216,000 cu yd)
Total capacity 7,940,000 m3 (6,440 acre·ft)
Active capacity 6,700,000 m3 (5,400 acre·ft)
Catchment area 48.9 km2 (18.9 sq mi)
Surface area 41 ha (100 acres)
Power station
Commission date 1992-1996
Turbines 4 x 300 MW (400,000 hp) Francis pump-turbines[1]
Installed capacity 1,200 MW (1,600,000 hp)

The Matanoagawa Dam (俣野川ダム) is a concrete gravity dam on a tributary of the Hino River located 2.3 km (1 mi) south of Kōfu in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Construction on the dam began in 1978 and it was complete in 1984. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric generation and it creates the lower reservoir for the Matanoagawa Pumped Storage Power Station (俣野川発電所). It is 69.3 metres (227 ft) tall and creates a reservoir with a 7,940,000-cubic-metre (6,440 acre·ft) storage capacity. The power station is located on the southern bank of the reservoir and contains four 300 megawatts (400,000 hp) Francis pump-turbine-generators. The upper reservoir for the pumped-storage scheme is created by the Doyo Dam located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the southeast in Okayama Prefecture. To generate power, water from the Doyo Dam is sent to the power station, used to generate electricity and then discharged into the Matanoagawa Reservoir. This occurs when energy demand is high and when it is low, water is pumped back up to the Doyo Dam as stored energy. The same pump-generators that pump the water to Doyo reverse and generate electricity when it is sent back down. The first generator was operational in 1992 and the last in 1996.[2]

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  1. ^ "Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Plants in Japan". IndustCards. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Matanoagawa Dam" (in Japanese). Dam Net. Retrieved 26 January 2012.