Silin Dam

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Silin Dam
Silin Dam is located in China
Silin Dam
Location of Silin Dam in China
Official name 思林水坝
Coordinates 27°48′08″N 108°11′10″E / 27.80222°N 108.18611°E / 27.80222; 108.18611Coordinates: 27°48′08″N 108°11′10″E / 27.80222°N 108.18611°E / 27.80222; 108.18611
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Construction began 2004
Opening date 2008
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Wu River
Height 117 m (384 ft)
Length 310 m (1,017 ft)
Reservoir
Creates Silin Reservoir
Total capacity 1,205,000,000 m3 (976,909 acre·ft)
Power station
Commission date 2009
Type Conventional
Turbines 4 x 270 MW Francis turbines[1]
Installed capacity 1,080 MW
Annual generation 4.064 billion kWh

The Silin Dam (Chinese: 思林水坝) is a concrete gravity dam on the Wu River in Sinan County, Guizhou Province, China. The dam has an associated hydroelectric power plant with a 1,080 MW capacity utilizing 4 x 270 MW Francis turbine-generators. The dam is 310 m (1,017 ft) long, 117 m (384 ft) high and composed of roller-compacted concrete. Its reservoir has a 1,205,000,000 m3 (976,909 acre·ft) capacity, 184,000,000 m3 (149,171 acre·ft) of which is flood storage. The dam also supports ship lift.[2] Construction on the dam began in October 2004, the dam began to impound the river in March 2008 and by May 2009, the power plant's first generator was operational.[3][4] The remaining generators were operational by December 2009.[5]

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