Power Plants on Postage Stamps - other countries
Akosombo Dam
This stamp was issued by Ghana in 1966 to commemorate completion of the first four sets at the Akosombo hydroelectric power station, then and now the largest and most important power plant in the county.

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Posted 6 Jan 2008

This stamp was issued by Greece as part of a 7-stamp set published in 1962 to commemorate electricity production. Aliveri was an early lignite-fired power plant, now partially retired and switched to fuel oil.

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Posted 18 Nov 2009

Blowering Dam
This Australian 45c stamp was issued in1999 as part of a set commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Snowy Mountains Scheme water and power scheme in NSW. The Blowering Dam was built from 1964-1968 and has a single 80-MW T/G set.

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Posted 1 Feb 2014

Issued on 29 Mar 2001 to commemorate Unit-1 at Chashrna nuclear power plant (Chasnupp). The 325-MW unit was built by China National Nuclear Corp for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and went to full power on 15 Sep 2000.

Photograph courtesy of Pakistan Post
Posted 19 Mar 2008

Edea Dam
This stamp was issued by Cameroon in 1953 to commemorate completion of the first phase of the Edea Dam project.

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Posted 21 Jun 2008

Embalse II
This stamp was issued by Argentina in 1982 to commemorate its second nuclear power plant.

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Posted 5 Sep 2005

The Faroe Islands power company Elektricitetsselskabet SEV has a number of small hydro plants. This stamp was issued in 2001 to commemorate the 6.3-MW Fossvaerket plant completed from 1953-1956.

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Posted 27 Oct 2007

Genissiat Dam
This stamp was issued by the French postal service on 21 Sep 1948 to commemorate the Genissat dam in Ain department. This was the first significant dam built on the French reach of the Rhone River. The work began in 1937 and excavations were completed in 1939, but work stopped in 1940 and did not resume until 1946. The 104m tall dam and associated 396-MW hydropower plant were completed in 1948, at which time it was said to be the largest dam in Europe. French power and navigation company Compagnie Nationale du Rhône was created to manage the facility, which was designed by Albert Laprade and Leon Bazin.

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Posted 9 Mar 2013

The Grimsel dam and reservoir was completed in 1932 in the municipality of Guttannenand, Canton Bern. It is operated by Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG and supports two hydropower stations totaling about 350 MW. This stamp was issued by the Swiss on 1 Aug 1949 as part of a "Technology and Landscapes" series. The stamp had to reprinted for technical reasons and the original-run Type I Grimsel stamps are now highly valued.

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Posted 22 Sep 2012

Hirakud Dam
The Hirakud Dam is in Rajasthan on the River Mahanadi ,15km upstream of Sambalpur town and was the first post-independence major multi purpose river valley project in the country. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in 1948 and first phase commissioned in 1956. This 30p commemorative was issued in 1979 to mark the project's 50th anniversary.

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Posted 16 Aug 2014

Hirao Daiichi
This stamp features a painting by Japanese artist Oka Shikanosuke depicting the 16-MW Hirao Daiichi hydroelectric plant in Shimotakai-gun, Nagano prefecture. It is part of the five-stamp Modern Art series issued by Japan in Feb 1981.

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Posted 21 Jun 2008

This stamp was issued in Jul 1952 as part of Hungary's "Buildings of the Five-Year Plan" series. Construction of the 92-MW, Inota coal-fired power station in Veszprem began in spring 1950 and the first unit was connected in Dec 1951 . On 27 Dec 2001 at 00:00 hours, every member of the workforce left the station and it was closed.

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Posted 26 May 2012

On 6 May 2011, Brazilian Post released its "Diplomatic Relations Series" including this issue commemorating the 200th annivrsary of the independence of the Republic of Paraguay by featuring a key project showing the economic integration of Brazil and Paraguay. Itaipu is now the second largest power plant in the world, but held the first spot from the late 1980s until China's Three Gorges surpassed it in size. Construction at Itaipu began in Feb 1971 and the first set went commercial on 5 May 1984. Two more units were added in 2006/07, bring the plant to tts current capacity of 14,750 MW.

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Posted 26 May 2012

The 1.1-MW Jaruga SHP in Croatia was one of the world's first AC power plants. The site is on the Krka River, in Šibenik-Knin county, in central Dalmatia. It is still in use today with electromechanical equipment upgrades in the mid-1930s, the late 1950s, and most recently in 2003. This 3,6kn stamp was issued by HP on 28 Aug 1995 to commemorate Jaruga's first electricity transmission to Sibenik via an 11km, 3kV line. Original project construction by Ante Šupuk i sin began in 1893 and lasted 16mos. It was carried out by local builders and craftsmen.

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Posted 25 Apr 2012

Japan issued this stamp in 1957 to commemorate the launch of JRR-1, an experimental research reactor at the country's nuclear R&D site in Tokai-mura, located 110km northeast of Tokyo in Ibaraki prefecture. This was originally an L-54 low-power reactor built by General Atomics. The reactor began operations on 27 Aug 1957 and was decommissionned in Mar 1970.

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Posted 30 Dec 2011

These stamps were issued in 1973 to commemorate the completion of the first 20-MW phase of the Kinguele hydropower project on the Mbei River in Gabon. The stamps show the dam and reservoir and the powerhouse, respectively. Societe d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon (SEEG) is the national power company.

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Posted 27 Jul 2013

Mayotte postal authorities issued this stamp on 12 Jan 2009 to commemorate completeion of Electricite de Mayotte's new 39-MW Wartsila diesel power plant. The site is at Longoni Port.

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Posted 3 Feb 2010

Mangla Dam
In 1952, the World Bank first became involved with India and Pakistan in establishing a water resource program for the Indus River and its five tributary rivers, one of the world’s great river system descending from the high Himalayas to the plains of West Pakistan and northwestern India. After six years of discussions and negotiations, the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 was signed by India, Pakistan and the Bank. In 1964, the expansive $1.3bn Indus Basin Development Fund Agreement was consummated. One of the two large dams in the project is the Mangla Dam on the Jhelum River, inaugurated on 23 Nov 1967. To celebrate the achievement, Pakistan issued this fifteen paisa stamp showing the spillway with the insignia of WAPDA (the Water and Power Development Authority of West Pakistan), which was created in 1958 to plan and execute the project.

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Posted 5 Sep 2005

Ogochi Dam
The 149m Ogochi Dam is on on the Tama River in the mountains west of Tokyo. The scheme was approved in 1927 as a water supply project for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Plans were submitted in 1932 for a 149m tall, 345m long dam, the largest in Japan. Some years of delay followed as the government wrestled with relocation and compensation for erstwhile residents. Construction finally got underway in Nov 1938, but the opening of full-scale hostitlities with the western allies stripped away men and construction equipment and work stopped in Oct 1943 at less than half completion. Work resumed in 1948 , concrete pours resumed in 1953 and the project was opened in Jun 1957 at a cost of ¥23.5bn. [Much of this information came from an article entilted "The History of the Tama River : Social Implications," written by M W Steele and published in 2006.] The reservoir is known as Lake Okutama, said to be world's largest reserovir of its kind at completion. The Ogochi project has a 19-MW hydroelectric plant . This stamp was issued in 1957 to commemorate dam completion.

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Posted 27 Jul 2013

Sakuma Dam
This stamp was issued by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication on 15 Oct 1956 to commemorate the Sakuma Dam in Shizuoka Prefecture. The plant has four 88-MW turbines installed and is operated by J-Power.

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Posted 21 Jun 2008

Sultan Mahmud (Kenyir)
On 13 Jul 1987, Malaysia's Postal Services Dept issued two stamps to mark the official opening of the 400-MW Sultan Mahmud power station at Kenyir, Terengganu. The plant was named for Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, the Sultan of Terengganu. This is the 20-sen issue.

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Posted 26 May 2012


Sultan Mahmud (Kenyir)
The $1 issue of Malaysia's Sultan Mahmud commemorative.

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Posted 26 May 2012

The 100-MW Verbois power station is near Geneva and came online in 1943. This Swiss stamp was issued on 1 Aug 1949 as part of a "Technology and Landscapes" series.

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Posted 22 Sep 2012

Updated 01-Mar-2017