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Krasnoyarsk Dam, Divnogorsk

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The Krasnoyarsk Dam is a 124m high concrete gravity dam located on the Yenisey River about 30km upstream from Krasnoyarsk in Divnogorsk, Russia. It was constructed from 1956 to 1972 and supplies 6,000 MW of power, mostly used to supply the KrAZ (Krasnoyarsky Aluminievyy Zavod, Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant). Both power and aluminum plants are controlled by the RUSAL company.As a result of the damming, the Krasnoyarsk Reservoir was created. This reservoir, informally known as the Krasnoyarsk Sea, has an area of 2000km2 and a volume of 73.3km3. It is 388km in length and 15km in width at its widest, has an average depth of 36.6m, and a depth of 105m near the dam.The dam significantly influences the local climate; normally the river would freeze over in the bitterly-cold Siberian winter, but because the dam releases unfrozen water year-round, the river never freezes in the 200km to 300km stretch of river immediately downstream of the dam. In winter, the frigid air interacts with the warm river water to produce fog, which shrouds Krasnoyarsk and other downstream areas.The dam is equipped with a canal inclined plane to allow passage of ships. It is in fact an electric rack railway. The track gauge is. At the time of its construction, this feat of modern engineering allowed for ships to be physically re-moved in only 90 minutes. Held to be a landmark symbol of Krasnoyarsk, it is depicted on the 10-ruble bill.
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  • This particular dam is featured on the back of the old ten rouble note, and it's responsible for providing much of the power to the city of Krasnoyarsk and it's aluminium industry. The dam also has a ...  more »
  • Krasnoyarsk GES is very awesome and beautiful hydroelectric power station, it is difficult to imagine how and how many people it had built, I once read a book. Impressed:)
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  • A huge hydroelectric power plant. Too bad that no observation deck. Would love to see this beauty on top.
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