Itaipu hydroelectric facility hits 8.17 terawatt hours

September 24, 2012 – Itaipu Binacional registered its second most productive August to date by generating 8.17 terawatt hours (TWh) of hydroelectric power.

The plant, located on the Brazil-Paraguay border, has produced 64.2 TWh in 2012, the highest tally in its 28-year history for the first eight months.

The monthly output for August is only bettered by the 8.74 TWh recorded during the same period in 2008.

An Itaipu spokesman said the drought affecting much of Brazil had prompted new measures to ensure the plant remained operating at normal capacity.

Among the initiatives was a decision to economize weekend water use in preparation for higher weekday demand.

The plant will soon gain greater production flexibility with the upcoming recharging of four regulating transformers.

Itaipu is a joint project of the governments of Brazil and Paraguay. Itaipu is a 20-unit, 14,000-MW dam on the Parana River. In 2008, the plant generated a record 94.68 TWh, supplying 90 percent of the electricity consumed by Paraguay and 19 percent of that consumed by Brazil.

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