Vidraru Dam, Curtea de Arges

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Vidraru Dam is a dam in Romania. It was completed in 1966 on the Argeş River and creates Lake Vidraru. The arch dam was built with the primary purpose to produce hydroelectricity. The dam's height is 166 metres, the arch length 305 meters and it can store 465 million cubic metres of water. The reservoir has a total shoreline (perimeter) length of 28 km.BackgroundSituated between Frunţii Mountains and Ghiţu mountains, the lake collects the Capra, Buda and some other smaller rivers, with a total flow of about 5.5 million l /s. The total surface of the lake is 3,930,000 sq m, 10.3 km in length, with a maximum width of 2.2 km in the Valea Lupului zone - Călugăriţa. Normal level or water retention is 830.00 metres above sea level . This amazing structure is also built with a lot of safety features. For example, if the dam cracked, got bombed or broke all of the water would flood a lot of cities. Therefore, for safety reasons dynamite has been placed in the mountains so if something happens to the dam and it breaks, the workers detonate the dynamite and make a natural dam out of the rocks in the mountains holding the water back.The dam's construction took 5 and a half years. It required 42 km of subterranean tunnels, excavation of 1,768,000 cubic metres of hard rocks, out of which approximatively 1 million had to be extracted from underground, 930,000 cubic metres of concrete, out of which 400,000 cubic metres were underground and required the installation of 6,300 tons of electro-mechanical equipment.When completed, it ranked 5th in Europe, and 9th in the world. In an average hydrological year it can generate approximately of 400 GWh/year.
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  • For a long stretch the street has skirted this artificial lake offering panoramic beautiful with the waters enclosed in a very deep and narrow gorge with the mountain coming down. Very good to see the thick vegetation.
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  • This is not a place you are likely to visit, unless you are already on the Transfagarian, and in that case, it is definitely worth a stop. It is impressive to look down from the dam, and the view of t...  more »
  • A place to do when going through transfagarasan. It's impressive on both side: the lake and in the other one the river Arges. On top of one mountain, you can see also a big statue which looks like a "...  more »
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  • The roads in April are so quiet, although the highest point of the route is inaccessible by road until July. Still a sensational drive and the lack of people on the road makes up for not being able to get up to the lake.
  • it's little bit harder to park here but all is nicely managed by a local police. it's possible to climb totally up for a great view from the top. wonderful place.
  • Beautiful View over dam....as seen on Top Gear......Great drive transfagarasan
  • Spectacular views of the lake
  • Nice place for short stop and take pictures, better go early at the morning. Even in working days people are parking on the road.

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