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The grandiose numbers of Itaipu give rise to impressive comparisons.

•  The total volume of the concrete used in the construction of the power plant would be sufficient to build 210 football stadiums like that of Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

•  The iron and steel used would permit the construction of 380 Eiffel Towers.

•  The maximum discharge of the Itaipu spillway (62.2 thousand cubic meters per second) corresponds to 40 times the average flow of the Iguaçu Falls.

•  The discharge from two Itaipu turbines (700 cubic meters per second each) corresponds to average flow of the Falls (1500 cubic meters per second). 

•  The height of the main dam (196 meters) is equivalent to the height of a 65 story building. 

•  Brazil would have to burn 536 thousand barrels of oil per day to obtain from thermoelectric plants the same production as the energy from Itaipu

•  The volume of the excavations in earth and rock at Itaipu is 8.5 times greater than that of the Euro tunnel (linking France and England beneath the English Channel) and the volume of concrete is 15 times greater.

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