Udawalawe Dam

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Uda Walawe Dam
Left-bank view of the dam, with all four spillways open.
The dam with all four spillways open.
Country Sri Lanka
Location Udawalawe
Coordinates 06°26′02″N 80°51′15″E / 6.43389°N 80.85417°E / 6.43389; 80.85417Coordinates: 06°26′02″N 80°51′15″E / 6.43389°N 80.85417°E / 6.43389; 80.85417
Purpose Irrigation, Power
Status Operational
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Walawe River
Length 3.9 km (2.4 mi)
Spillways 4
Spillway type Tainter gate
Creates Udawalawe Reservoir
Total capacity 267MCM
Maximum length 8.6 km (5.3 mi)
Maximum width 7 km (4.3 mi)
Udawalawe Power Station
Coordinates 06°25′55″N 80°51′02″E / 6.43194°N 80.85056°E / 6.43194; 80.85056
Operator(s) CEB
Commission date April 1969 (1969-04)
Type Conventional
Turbines 3 × 2 MW
Installed capacity 6 MW

The Udawalawe Dam is a large irrigation dam in Udawalawe, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The dam consists of an embankment section and a gravity section, combining the total dam length to approximately 3.9 km (2.4 mi). The dam is also used for hydroelectric power generation, powering three 2 MW units, commissioned in April 1969 (1969-04).[1]

The water level of the reservoir is controlled by the five tainter gate spillways located at the eastern end of the dam, with two additional spillways located more towards to the centre of the dam. The reservoir measures approximately 8.6 km (5.3 mi) in length, with a maximum perpendicular width of 7 km (4.3 mi).[citation needed]

The four tainter gate spillways.
Road over the larger embankment dam.

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  1. ^ "CEB Generation Network". Ceylon Electricity Board. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.