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Nurek Dam

The Nurek Dam is the largest earthfill dam in the world, located on the Vakhsh River in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. At 300 meters (984 feet), it is the tallest dam in the world as of 2005. (The Rogun Dam, under construction along the Vakhsh also in Tajikistan, is expected to exceed the Nurek when completed, at a planned height of 335 meters - 1,099 feet.) Construction of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1980, when Tajikistan was still a republic within the Soviet Union.

Electricity generation
A total of nine hydroelectric turbines are installed in the Nurek Dam. Originally having a generating capacity of 300 megawatts each, they have since been redesigned and retrofitted such that they now combine to produce 3,000 megawatts of electric power which was adequate to meet 98% of the nation's electricity needs.

Did you know?
In 1994, The Nurek Dam generated enough hydroelectric power to supply three-quarters of that country's generation capacity?

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