Bhumibol Dam

The Bhumibol Dam ( Thai: เขื่อน ภูมิพล ) in the district ( Amphoe ) Sam Ngao of Tak Province in northern Thailand was built from 1953 to 1964. The inauguration was in May 1964.

The 154 m high and 486 m long dam is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The dam is named after King Bhumibol Adulyadej and was previously Yanhee Dam. One source indicates the height of the dam above the foundation to even 245 meters. The shut-off, a curved gravity dam, is the second highest in Thailand after the Queen Sirikit Dam.

The dam impounds Maenam Ping, a tributary of the Chao Phraya, comprehensive to a 12,200 million cubic meter reservoir, the Mae Ping Lake, on. The reservoir is part of the Mae Ping National Park. He is - in terms of area - the largest reservoir in Thailand and the second largest after the memory contents.

The hydroelectric power plant at the dam generates electricity with a capacity of 535 MW mainly for the Greater Bangkok. Another source indicates 737.5 MW. In addition, the dam is used for water regulation of the rivers Ping and Chao Phraya and leisure recreation. From the dam can catch a ship 140 km upstream to Chiang Mai.

See also:

  • List of largest dams of the earth
  • List of largest reservoirs of the earth
  • List of largest hydroelectric power stations on earth
  • List of dams in the world

Pictures of Bhumibol Dam