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Ivaylovgrad Dam

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Opening date  1964
Type of dam  Concrete gravity dam
Length  250 m (820 ft)
Opened  1964
Create  Ivaylovgrad Reservoir
Construction began  1959
Operator(s)  NEK EAD
Impounds  Arda River
Height  73 m
Catchment area  5,128 km²
Owner  NEK EAD
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Location  13 km north-west of Ivaylovgrad / Haskovo Province, Bulgaria
Similar  Kardzhali Hydroelectric Power St, Sestrimo Hydro Power Pl, Chaira Hydro Power Pl, Republika Power Plant, Lyutitsa

The Ivaylovgrad Dam(язовир "Ивайловград") is located in the eastern Rhodope Mountains and is situated on the Arda river, Southern Bulgaria. There are another two large dams of the Arda upstream - Kardzhali Dam and Studen Kladenets Dam to the west of Ivaylovgrad Dam.


Map of Ivaylovgrad Dam, 6570, Bulgaria

The reservoir has a total volume of 157,000,000 m3 (127,000 acre·ft) and a drainage basin of 5,128 km2 (1,980 sq mi). It is situated at an average 120 m above sea level, its dam being 250 m (820 ft) long and 73 m (240 ft) high. The top of the dam consists of six spillways, totaling 83.5 m (274 ft) m in length.

Ivaylovgrad Reservoir is an attractive place for tourists and fishermen, where rudd is caught in great numbers.

Hydroelectric generation

Arda Hydro Power Cascade consist of three large hydro power sites, mainly used for electricity generation, with a total installed capacity of 331 MW and a total annual output of over 520 GWh/y. Ivaylovgrad hydroelectric power plant (HPP) is the last stage of the Arda cascade. The initial plans for the construction of a dam on the Arda date to as early as 1948. Construction began in 1959 and was completed in 1964, with the HPP starting production the same year. "Ivaylovgrad" Hydroelectric Power Plant is built-in inside the dam. The HPP has four Francis-type turbines, 26 MW each with a mean annual generation of 195 GWh/y.


Ivaylovgrad Dam Wikipedia

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