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South America’s Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam Leads World in Output

SAO PAULO – The Itaipu hydroelectric dam, jointly operated by Brazil and Paraguay, reclaimed last year the status of the world’s top generator of power, surpassing China’s Three Gorges dam, the company said.

The firm said in a press release that Itaipu generated 89.2 million MWh of electricity in 2015, or 2.5 percent more than the Chinese facility, which led the global rankings in 2014.

Itaipu increased output by 1.62 percent over 2014, despite the lingering effects of a severe drought in Brazil.

In November, Itaipu surpassed its own world record with 2.3 billion MWh of power generated over its 31-year history.

Administrators expect Itaipu to generate more than 90 million MWh this year, returning to pre-drought levels of output.

The Itaipu hydroelectric plant supplies 75 percent of the electricity consumed by Paraguay and meets more than 15 percent of Brazil’s power needs.

 

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