In this issue of the Diplomatic Relations Series released on May 6th, 2011, the Brazilian Post is paying homage to the Republic of Paraguay on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of its independence, focusing on a project that is an example of integration between Brazilians and Paraguayans: the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant.
Itaipu is the largest generator of clean and renewable energy on the planet and holds the world record in water availability and is the world leader in annual production. The construction began in February 1971 and the first generation unit started running on May 5th, 1984. The last two of the 20 electric generation units started operations in September 2006 and in March 2007, thus raising the installed capacity to 14 GW and completing the power plant.
The stamp shows a panoramic view of the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant. In the background, one can see the reservoir of the Itaipu plant, shared by the two countries. At the center, its dam can be seen to the right and its spillway to the left. The dam joins the two banks of the Paraná River. The border between Brazil and Paraguay is at the center of the dam. Brazil is on the right side and Paraguay is on the left side, where one can see the open spillway. As a tribute to a sister country, one can see the logo of the 200th anniversary of Paraguay’s independence on the lower left corner.