Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), Nov 21 (EFE) .- The Brazilian-Paraguayan hydroelectric Itaipu achieved the historic record of 2,500 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of accumulated production, one enough energy to supply the world for 40 days, the binational company reported today.
Itaipu, located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, reached the new Monday night. emblematic strip in its production since the hydroelectric came into operation in May of 1984.
According to Itaipu, if it were possible to store all the accumulated production, the 2,500 million MWh would be enough to supply the entire world for a period of 40 days, to Europe for 6 months and 12 days and to China for 5 months and 20 days.
In 2016, the giant concrete and steel reached the world record of 103 million MWh of production per year, enough energy to supply 76% of the consumption of Paraguay and 16% of Brazil.
"Este record also shows the competence of the coaching staff, the effort and commitment of each collaborator of the central, Brazilians and Paraguayans, for that conquest, "said the general director Brazilian hydroelectric plant, Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna, quoted in a statement.
For the Paraguayan CEO, James Spalding, after reaching 2.500 million MWh, Itaipu "reaffirms its strategic role in the two countries, with figures that translate sustainability, energy and social responsibility".
Until 2020, the company aims to consolidate itself as "the generator of clean and renewable energy, with the best operational performance and the best sustainability practices in the world, promoting sustainable development and regional integration. "