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Belgium has almost no water power. The dams that where build during the Industrial age where mainly to make sure factories had enough water. No new dams have been build since the 50'ies. Some of them do provide a little bit of power but all of them are build on small rivers.

A few examples

Gileppe Dam, 1870
Build to provide the Cotton Industry of water.



Vesdre dam, 1936
Build to provide drinking water to the city of Liège and water for the steel industry in Liège.





Warche Dam, 1925
Provides water for cooling a nearby powerplant.


Nisramont dam, 1958
A small hydroelectric dam


Haute Sure dam, 1955
A small Hydroelectric dam
 

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^^ 1932 :nuts:
Back in those days Belgium was the industrial center of the world just afther the UK. Innovation and technology was centered in that part of the world. Those days have long gone...
They had to drain the lake a few years ago though because the dam needed some mayor restaurantion. Concrete doesn't last forever.
The front of the dam looks very modern for being build in those times, the back however as you can see is made of solid concrete cone type shapes.

 

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Hydro-Québec is the main electricity provider in Québec Some large companies have their own hydroelectric plants, like RioTinto Alcan for their aluminium smelters in Saguenay, but most of the electricity is produced by Hydro-Québec's power plants.

Nearly 95% of the electricity produced in Québec comes from hydroelectric powerplants.

Robert-Bourassa generating station, 5616 MW
World's largest underground generating station. With the adjacent LG-2A powerplant, the whole complex has a capacity of 7722 MW


LG-4, 2779 MW


LG-3, 2417 MW


Beauharnois, 1853 MW


Barrage Daniel Johnson, 2660 MW (Manic-5 & Manic-5-PA generating stations)
The dam is 214 m tall and 1314 m long, making it the largest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world.
 
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