10) Bratsk hydroelectric power plant
Bratsk hydroelectric power plant is located near Bratsk in Russia and it developed on Angara River. The plant was commissioned in the year 1967 and it annually produces 22.6TWh of power. The total power generation capacity of Bratsk hydroelectric power plant is 4500MW. There are 18 power generation units each with the capacity of 250MW and is equipped with Francis turbine.
The dam of Bratsk hydroelectric plant comprises of 924 meter long wall with the height of 124.5 meters. Then there are costal concrete wall which are 506 meters long. There is railway track and automobile road on the upper sides of the wall.
The total head of water in the dam is 106meters. There is a long penstock of 5140 meters from reservoir of the dam to power generation units.
The Bratsk hydroelectric power plant provides power to hundreds of factories. The major power is consumed by Bratsk Aluminum Plant amounting to 75% of the total power produced by the Bratsk hydroelectric power plant.
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The hydroelectric power plants are wonder in itself due to sophisticated technology used in them and their gigantic size. Apart from the above mentioned top ten largest hydroelectric power plants of the world, there are many other mammoth hydroelectric power plants located in many parts of the world. Each has its own specialty and uniqueness. No matter to which hydroelectric power plant you go for visit, you are sure to be amazed by its size and magnanimity. But one thing you should also be aware of is the large scale disturbance carried out in the natural plant, animal and water ecosystem by these power plants, and not to forget the wide scale human displacement.