FOZ DO IGUACU, Brazil Ė The Itaipu Dam straddling the border between Brazil and Paraguay has established a new annual power generation record for a hydroelectric station, topping the previous mark set by Chinaís Three Gorges Dam in 2014.
With 15 days left in 2016, the dam on the Parana River exceeded the 98.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of power generated by Three Gorges and now has its sights set on reaching the 100 million MWh milestone for a single year on Wednesday.
Employees of Itaipu Binacional on Friday morning celebrated the eclipsing of the South American hydro plantís previous record, set in 2013, during a gathering inside the production building stationís conference hall.
Then cheers erupted again hours later when the plant, which is shared by Brazil and Paraguay, set a new world record.
The damís operations superintendent, Celso Torino, said the camaraderie between Brazilians and Paraguayans working at Itaipu was essential to achieving the record-setting results.
At the end of Fridayís celebrations, dozens of Itaipu Binacional employees boarded a boat that rode around the damís huge reservoir.