Dam of Alcántara
This is one of the 5 reservoirs built in the channel of the river Tagus in Extremadura.
The José María Oriol-Alcántara II reservoir, better known as the Alcántara reservoir, is an artificial reservoir for the production of electricity.
The reservoir covers an area of 10,400 hectares (equivalent to 15,000 football fields), which corresponds to the area of land that is flooded when the reservoir reaches its maximum level.
The dam, 130 meters high, is built with concrete and its typology is gravity, designed to contain large volumes of water.
The Alcántara dam has a hydroelectric plant at the foot of the dam with four generators capable of obtaining a power of up to 915 MW; Sufficient to supply electricity with a city of 450,000 inhabitants.