Reventazón Dam

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Reventazón Dam
Reventazón Dam is located in Costa Rica
Reventazón Dam
Location of Reventazón Dam in Costa Rica
Country Costa Rica
Location Siquirres, Limón Province,
Coordinates 10°3′56.05″N 83°34′48.79″W / 10.0655694°N 83.5802194°W / 10.0655694; -83.5802194Coordinates: 10°3′56.05″N 83°34′48.79″W / 10.0655694°N 83.5802194°W / 10.0655694; -83.5802194
Purpose Power
Construction began 2009
Opening date 16 September 2016
Owner(s) Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill
Impounds Reventazón River
Height 130 m (430 ft)
Length 527 m (1,729 ft)
Dam volume 9,000,000 m3 (12,000,000 cu yd)
Total capacity 118,000,000 m3 (96,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Maximum length 8 km (5.0 mi)
Reventazón Hydropower Plant
Coordinates 10°4′59.82″N 83°33′40.95″W / 10.0832833°N 83.5613750°W / 10.0832833; -83.5613750
Commission date 2016
Type Conventional, diversion
Turbines 4 × 74 MW Francis-type[1]
Installed capacity 305.5 MW

The Reventazón Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Reventazón River about 8 km (5.0 mi) southwest of Siquirres in Limón Province, Costa Rica. It was inaugurated on 16 September 2016,[2] and its primary purpose is the production of hydroelectric power. The 1.4 billion USD project and largest power station in the country has an installed capacity of 305.5 MW and is expected to provide power for 525,000 homes.[3][4][5] Construction on the dam began in 2009. At a height of 130 metres (430 ft) and with a structural volume of 9,000,000 m3 (12,000,000 cu yd), it is the largest dam in Central America. To produce electricity, water from the reservoir is diverted about 3 km (1.9 mi) to the northeast where it reaches the power station along the Reventazón River.[6] Due to its environmental features, like offset habitats and migration corridors for jaguars and many other species, the project could be a model for other future hydroelectric power plants.[7]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "View of the hydroelectric dam on the Reventazon River". Ezequiel Becerra. AFP. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Costa Rica's president inaugurates Central America's largest hydropower plant". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Reventazón Hydropower Project". Inter-America Development Bank. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Reventazón - A new butterfly valve for the penstock of the largest hydropower project in Costa Rica". Andritz. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Project of the Month" (in Spanish). Pedregal. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  7. ^ Joerg Hartmann, David Harrison, Je Opperman, and Roger Gill (18 November 2013). The Next Frontier of Hydropower Sustainability: Planning at the System Scale (PDF) (Report). 16pp. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
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