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Bhumibol Dam, Sam Ngao
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The Bhumibol Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River, in Amphoe Sam Ngao district of Tak Province, Thailand. It is located about 480km north of Bangkok and was built for the purposes of water storage, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fisheries and saltwater intrusion management. The dam was named after King Bhumibol Adulyadej and was Thailand's first multi-purpose project.BackgroundThe Bhumibol Dam, among others in the Chao Phraya basin, was constructed beginning in the 1950s to exploit the agricultural and hydroelectric potential of the basin. Construction on the dam began in 1958 and was finished in 1964. The reservoir was completely filled in 1970. The first two generators were commissioned in 1964. In 1972, the Sirikit Dam was completed on the Nan River, one of two major tributaries of the Chao Phraya including the Ping. The Bhumibol and Sirkit Dams control 22 percent of the Chao Phraya's annual runoff combined. Both dams also help provide for the irrigation of 1200000ha in the wet season and 480000ha in the dry season.In 1991, the Lower Mae Ping Dam was constructed 5km downstream to create a lower reservoir for the one pumped-storage turbine that was installed. When constructed, the Bhumibol Dam contributed 22 percent of Thailand's power generation and in 2003 that number was 2 percent.
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  • It's particularly memorable to go there during the time for Thais to memorialize the loss of their greatest 'father' of the country. The King initiated building this first big dam of Thailand when he ...  more »
  • Escorting the elderly attacked the Golf House at Phu keaw. There are usually hundreds of House close to golf courses and the beautiful scenery ngammak but today so full group seminar. Ruan phukaew quite near a restaurant and resort design. The old room because it creates long, but good clean normal care.
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  • Dam When called before the dam is a dam he looks lean concrete arch in the country Thailand. Can watch the dam area.
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