|Official name||Manuel Piar Hydroelectric Power Plant|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Composite, rock-fill/gravity|
|Height||65 m (213 ft)|
|Length||Gravity section: 360 m (1,180 ft)|
Rock-fill section: 1,800 m (5,906 ft)
Concrete-face rock-fill section: 3,800 m (12,500 ft)
|Spillway capacity||28,750 m3/s (1,015,000 cu ft/s)|
|Total capacity||1,770,000,000 m3 (1,430,000 acre⋅ft)|
|Surface area||87 km2 (34 sq mi)|
|Normal elevation||127 m (417 ft)|
|Hydraulic head||34.65 m (113.7 ft)|
|Turbines||10 x 232 MW (311,000 hp) Kaplan-type|
|Installed capacity||2,320 MW (3,110,000 hp)|
|Annual generation||12,100 GWh (44,000 TJ)|
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