One of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Sete Quedas Falls on the Parana river just inside Brazil, has been closed to the public as work advances on a major hydro-electric project.
GVs Cascading waters of Sete Quedas Falls (4 shots)
GV People crossing bridge over falls (4 shots)
GVs Work in progress on installations (3 shots)
GVs Falls (5 shots)
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Background: One of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Sete Quedas Falls on the Parana river just inside Brazil, has been closed to the public as work advances on a major hydro-electric project. Thousands of tourists visited the falls, on the border with Paraguay, just days before the closure. The "Itaipu" hydro-electric dam is a joint Brazilian-Paraguayan scheme. It dates from 1966 when the two countries' Presidents decided to carry out a survey into the hydro-electric potential of the falls. In 1975, final agreement on the construction was reached between the binational company Itaipu and an association of building firms which links in both countries. The dam, due to reach full capacity in 1988, will produce 12,600 megawatts of energy for Paraguay and southern and south-eastern Brazil. It will become the world's most powerful hydro-electric project, dwarfing the Grand Coulee dam in the United States and the Soviet Union's Sayanskaya dam. Brazil, with a population of 120 million people compared with Paraguay's of less than four million, is the major partner, raising most of the finance and providing the bulk of the market for the power.