(This article is a summary translation of Spanish article Embalse de Arrocampo of Wikipedia (es))
It was created at 1976 to refrigerate the turbines of the Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant. The nearest municipalities are Almaraz, Romangordo, Saucedilla and Serrejón. The dam is on the Arrocampo River (arroyo Arrocampo), very close to where this little river joins the Tagus.
Arrocampo reservoir dam
|Location||Almaraz, Romangordo, Saucedilla, Serrejón, Spain|
|Native name||Embalse de Arrocampo (Spanish)|
|Managing agency||Iberdrola, Endesa|
|Surface area||776 ha (1,920 acres)|
The refrigeration of the Almaraz nuclear power plant was the first reason for the construction of the reservoir.
The water is taken from the Tagus and cover a U-shaped circuit of 25 km which allows the cooling of the heat generated by the two nuclear reactors of the plant. (See the illustration of the water circulation in Arrocampo) (...) The walls of thermic separation (pantallas de separación térmica in Spanish) (PST) are 11 km long and 8 m high (...). The tops of these walls are used by great cormorants and great egret as standing, resting and sleeping areas.
Angling is often practiced on weekend and feast days. There are sometimes a lot of recreational fishermen at the principal access to the reservoir, near the local route Almaraz-Saucedilla.
Before the creation of Arrocampo reservoir (1976), there were a lot of wild birds in lands of Almaraz, Saucedilla. White storks, cattle egrets, lesser kestrels ... are traditional birds of this area. Now there are two special protection areas: one is the parish church of Saucedilla (17 pairs of lesser kestrels on its walls and roofs) and the other one is all the Arrocampo reservoir.
The Arrocampo ornithologic park is located in the municipality of Saucedilla, near the reservoir. It was designed by the ornithologist Javier Briz.
Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power station at Almaraz in Spain and uses the international Tagus River, that runs into Portugal for cooling.
It consists of two PWRs of 1011 and 1006 MWe.List of dams and reservoirs in Spain
This is a list of dams and reservoirs in Spain by administrative division.Saucedilla
Saucedilla (Spanish pronunciation: [sau̯.θeˈði.ʎa]) is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. According to the 2010 census (INE), it has a population of 859 inhabitants.
It belongs to the Campo Arañuelo County (Comarca del Campo Arañuelo), the capital of which is Navalmoral de la Mata.