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Itaipu generates 92.2 million MWh in 2011 and sets its fourth best mark
Tamanho da letra
03/01/2012

The Itaipu power plant ended 2011 with an output of 92,245,539 MWh, 7% more than in 2010, when it generated a total of 85.97 million MWh. This is the fourth highest mark ever achieved by the binational company, also responsible for the 2008 historic world record when it generated a total of 94.6 million MWh.

Just to give you an idea of the magnitude of the volume generated this year by the world’s leading power plant, the 92.2 million MWh would be enough to supply the world’s entire electricity demand for approximately 43 hours; 2.5% of China’s current annual electricity consumption; 2.3% of the United States’ current electricity demand; 12.7% of India’s current annual electricity consumption, or 9% of Japan current annual electricity consumption.

A joint enterprise by Brazil and Paraguay, in 2011 the Itaipu power plant generated electricity enough to supply Portugal’s current electricity consumption for one year and nine months; Germany’s for two months; France’s for two months and eight days; the UK’s for three months, and Spain’s for four months.

In terms of South America, the total amount of electricity put out by Itaipu in 2011 would supply Argentina’s current electricity consumption for ten months, and Paraguay’s for eight years and six months. The 92.2 million MWh would also supply Chile’s demand for one year and eight months, and Venezuela’s for a year. Not to mention all of Latin America’s for two months and 18 days, excluding Brazil.

Itaipu’s production would supply Brazil’s entire electricity demand for two months and 18 days, or the country’s entire southern area for one year and three months, and the southeast’s for five months. The 92.2 million MWh would be enough to supply the São Paulo state’s electricity consumption for nine months, the entire São Paulo capital’s for three years and three months, and the city of Campinas’ for 31 years and three months.
 
With such an output, the people from Paraná state would have power at home for three years and six months. Twenty cities the size of major Curitiba, 143 cities the size of Cascavel, and 74 cities like Londrina, or 199 cities like Foz do Iguaçu would have electricity for a whole year.

Itaipu output

Itaipu broke the world’s electricity generation record in 2008 with a total of 94.6 million MWh. The second best mark was reached in 2000, when the binational company generated 93,427,598 MWh. The thrid best performance was in 2006, with 92,690 MWh.

It is noteworthy that the annual electricity estimated in the Itaipu project ranges about 75 million MWh/year. A limit that was exceeded way back in 1995, with an output of 77.2 million MWh.
 
After that, Itaipu has always generated more than that volume. In most years, much more. The average power generated in the past five years, for instance, is 91.1 million MWh. An unparalleled performance in the world electricity industry.
 
Even as the Brazilian power complex is expanded through the construction of new hydro power plants and the use of alternative energy sources, Itaipu remains vital for Brazil and Paraguay.
 
With an installed power of 14,000 megawatts (MW), in 2010 the power plant was responsible for supplying 17% of the electricity used in Brazil and 73% of the Paraguayan consumption.