Stânca-Costești Dam

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Stânca-Costeşti Dam
Barajul Stânca Costesti.jpg
Stânca-Costești Dam is located in Moldova
Stânca-Costești Dam
Location of Stânca-Costeşti Dam in Moldova
Official nameBarajul Stânca-Costeşti
LocationCosteşti (Moldova) / Stânca (Romania)
Coordinates47°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 began1974
Opening date5 November 1978
Owner(s)C.N. Apele Române S.A.
Dam and spillways
Height43 m (141 ft)
Length300 m (980 ft)[1]
CreatesStânca-Costeşti Lake
Total capacity1.29 km3 (1,050,000 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area12,000 km2 (4,600 sq mi)
Surface area77 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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