The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant: A History

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The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River that forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The dam was completed in 1984, and it took nine years and US$20 billion to build. The power plant has 20 turbo generators that can produce 14 gigawatts (GW) of electricity – enough to power the whole of Paraguay and more than 60% of Brazil. In 2016, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant set a world record by producing 103.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in one year.