Much more than the world's largest power generation plant, Itaipu Binacional enchants not only for its gigantism, but for being vanguard in social and environmental issues.
In agreement between Brazil and Paraguay, in 1973, the two countries assumed the mission to change the course of the Paraná River to produce energies. They were actually changing the course of two-nation history, bringing development, technology, and innovation.
Did you know ...
- The volume of concrete used in the construction of the hydroelectric plant (12,7 million m³) would be sufficient for the construction of 210 soccer stadiums the size of Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro.
- The amount of iron and steel used would make it possible to build 380 Eiffel Towers.
- 1.350 km² is the size of the lake formed by the Itaipu reservoir, which is larger than the entire urban area of the city of São Paulo.
- 20 million native tree seedlings were planted in the reservoir protection range. It was the largest reforestation of the genus made in the world.
- In a single day, 14 of November of 1978, Itaipu broke a South American record during the concreting of the dam, when they were released in the work 7.207 cubic meters of concrete equivalent to a building of ten floors every hour. Or 24 buildings on the same day.
- The maximum outflow of the Itaipu spillway (62,2 thousand cubic meters per second) is 40 times higher than the average flow rate of the Iguaçu Falls (1.500 cubic meters per second).
- 40 thousand workers participated in the construction of the plant at the height of the works.
- The height of the main dam (196 meters) corresponds to the height of a building of 65 floors.
- The flow of two turbines of the plant (700 cubic meters of water per second each) is equivalent to the average waterfalls of Iguaçu.
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