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Barrage de la Grande-Dixence

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Identification

Barrage de la Grande-Dixence
303121

Map

Structure in General

dam
existing [completed]
concrete
exposed structure
light gray

Usages

power plant (hydroelectricity)

Facts

  • The top of the dam is 15 m wide.
  • This dam also holds water collected in Barrage de Cleuson.
  • The top of the dam is exactly 2,365 m above sea level.
  • This embankment dam has an average yearly energy production of 2100 GWh. The yearly required energy for pumping purposes is around 370 GWh.
  • This dam collects melting water from the following mountains of the Pennine Alps: Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3870 m), Grand Combin (4314 m), Dent Blanche (4357 m), Cervin (4477 m), Mischabel (4545 m) and Mont Rose (4634 m).
  • When full, the dam's lake holds around 400 million m³ of water.
  • 6 million m³ of concrete were poured in the dam's construction.
  • Upon completion, this was the world's highest gravity dam.

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Location

Barrage de la Dixence
1987
Hérémence
Valais
Switzerland

Technical Data

935.04 ft
2,296.59 ft
660.10 ft
1953
1961

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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