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Curiosities you need to know about Itaipu Binacional

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant or Itaipu Binacional, as you prefer to call it, is a greatness both in importance to us and in size.

What people know about it usually comes down to: where it gets, what it interferes with in our life, and what it takes to make walks within it, but it's many more than that, therefore, to facilitate and further instigate your the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, which I know you will do when it comes to walk in Foz do Iguaçu.

So let's go to the curiosities

-The name "itaipu" originates in the Tupi-Guarani language and means "stone that sings".

- Itaipu Binacional, as the name implies, is a Binational entity, belonging to the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Paraguay. The countries have the same participation in the entity: Eletrobras owns 50% and the National Electricity Administration with other 50%, represents Brazil and Paraguay.

-Geological studies indicate a useful life of at least 200 for Itaipu Binacional.

-Itaipu Binacional was started in a planning in the 60 decade, however, its construction began only in the 70 decade and the last generating unit was installed in 2007.

-The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant started the power generation in May of 1984.

-The amount of concrete used to build and Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant could build 210 stadiums the size of Maracanã Stadium.

Curiosities you need to know about Itaipu Binacional

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-The steel and iron that were used to build the Itaipu Plant would be enough to build 380 Eiffel Towers.

- Itaipu Binacional is a world leader in the production of clean and renewable energy, having produced more than 2,5 billion MWh since the beginning of its operation.

-The construction directly involved more than 40 thousand workers.

-The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant brought thousands of new workers from all over Brazil to the city of Foz do Iguaçu, to live these people, it was necessary to build homes, thus began the oldest districts of Foz: Vila A, Vila B Vila C.

Each one destined to different positions of workers, the better the position, the bigger and better the dwelling.

Vila A: intended for mid-level technicians and administrative sector, initially with 2.200 houses.

Vila B: intended for engineering workers and heads of Itaipu, with initially 221 houses.

Villa C: intended for barrageiros and direct construction workers, with initially 2.900 houses.

-The Itaipu Binacional contributes greatly to the tourism of Foz do Iguaçu, since the opening, has already received more than 16 million visitors.

-The flow of each turbine of the plant is 700 m³ of water per second, that is about half of the average flow that we find in the Iguassu Falls.

-For the diversion of the Paraná River to be possible the construction of the Itaipu dam led the specialists and had little time to collect the species of plants and animals inhabitants of the place, so that they did not lose or die. This operation was called "Mmba Kuera" or "Pega Bicho" in Guarani.

-The Bela Vista Biological Refuge was created, nowadays attractive to the city, which gathers veterinary hospital, zoo, quarantine, environmental education, research center for the production of new forest seedlings and much more to take care of the species of animals and plants that arrived.

These are some of the curiosities and facts that in on Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant. This and more you can find daily on Tarobá Hotel.

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I hope you have enjoyed knowing a little more about this special attraction and that will certainly be part of your itinerary of tours in Foz.