Largest power stations in the world

Three Gorges, currently the largest hydroelectric
power station, and the largest power producing body ever built, at 22,500 MW.

At present, the largest power generating facility ever built is the Three Gorges Dam in China. The facility generates power by utilizing 32 Francis turbines each of a capacity of 700 MW and two 50 MW turbines, totalling the installed capacity to 22,500 MW, more than twice the installed capacity of the largest nuclear power station, the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Japan) at 8,212 MW. As of 2012 no power station comparable to Three Gorges is under construction, as the largest under construction power stations are hydroelectric Baihetan Dam (13,050 MW) and Belo Monte Dam (11,000 MW).

Although currently only a proposal, the Grand Inga Dam in the Congo would surpass all existing power stations, including the Three Gorges Dam, if construction commences as planned. The design targets to top 39,000 MW in installed capacity, nearly twice that of the Three Gorges. Another proposal, Penzhin Tidal Power Plant Project, presumes an installed capacity up to 87,100 MW.

Rank Station Country Capacity
(MW)
Annual generation
(TWh)
Type
1. Three Gorges Dam  China 22,500 93.5 (2016) Hydro
2. Itaipu Dam  Brazil
 Paraguay
14,000 103.09 (2016) Hydro
3. Xiluodu  China 13,860 55.2 (2015) Hydro
4. Guri  Venezuela 10,235 47 (average) Hydro
5. Tucuruí  Brazil 8,370 21.4 (1999) Hydro
6. Kashiwazaki-Kariwa  Japan 7,965 60.3 (1999)
0 (2012-2016)
Nuclear
7. Grand Coulee  United States 6,809 21 (2008) Hydro
8. Xiangjiaba  China 6,448 30.7 (2015) Hydro
9. Longtan  China 6,426 17.3 (2015) Hydro
10. Sayano-Shushenskaya  Russia 6,400 24.9 (2013) Hydro
11. Bruce  Canada 6,238 47.63 (2015) Nuclear
12. Krasnoyarsk  Russia 6,000 23.0 (2014) Hydro
13. Hanul  South Korea 5,881 48.16 Nuclear
14. Hanbit  South Korea 5,875 47.62 Nuclear
15. Nuozhadu Dam  China 5,850 23.9 (estimate) Hydro
16. Zaporizhia  Ukraine 5,700 48.16 (average) Nuclear
17. Robert-Bourassa  Canada 5,616 26.5 Hydro
18. Shoaiba  Saudi Arabia 5,600 Fuel oil
19. Surgut-2  Russia 5,597 39.85 (2013) Natural gas
20. Taichung  Taiwan 5,500 42 (average) Coal


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