Paute Dam

The Paute Dam, also known as the Daniel Palacios Dam and the Amaluza Dam, is a hydroelectric dam in Ecuador. It is located on the Paute River, 125 kilometres (78 mi) from Cuenca. After the privatization of power generation that began in 1996 under the government of Sixto Durán Ballén, the dam passed into the hands of the company Hidropaute SA and then returned to state ownership during the government of Rafael Correa when Hidropaute became part of the Ecuador Electricity Corporation (Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador, CELEC).

Paute Dam
Paute Dam is located in Ecuador
Paute Dam
Location of Paute Dam in Ecuador
LocationPaute, Ecuador
Coordinates02°35′10″S 78°33′30″W / 2.58611°S 78.55833°W / -2.58611; -78.55833Coordinates: 02°35′10″S 78°33′30″W / 2.58611°S 78.55833°W / -2.58611; -78.55833
Construction began1976
Opening date1983
Dam and spillways
Type of damArch-gravity dam
ImpoundsPaute River
Height1,188,219 m3 (1,554,132 cu yd)
Length420 m (1,380 ft)
Spillway typeGate-controlled overflow
Spillway capacity7,724 m3/s (272,800 cu ft/s)
CreatesPaute Reservoir
Total capacity120×10^6 m3 (97,000 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity100×10^6 m3 (81,000 acre⋅ft)
Power Station
Commission datePhase AB: 1983
Phase C: 1991
Hydraulic headPhase AB: 650 m (2,130 ft)
Phase C: 657 m (2,156 ft)
TurbinesPhase AB: 5 x 100 MW (130,000 hp) Pelton-type
Phase C: 5 x 115 MW (154,000 hp) Pelton-type
Installed capacity1,075 MW (1,442,000 hp)[1]

Paute was constructed between 1976 and 1983 on the Paute River and designed on the premise that it would be erected upstream of the Mazar Dam. The Paute Dam's supports to 1,075 megawatts (1,442,000 hp) Molina Power Station. In late 2009, low water levels at the dam were the primary cause of an electricity crisis in Ecuador.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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