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Hydro Plant
Building Requirements Adjacent river
Production Cost 360
Resource Aluminum
Maintenance 3
Unlocked at Electricity

The Hydro Plant is a building available in the Industrial Era.

Game Info[]

Building a Hydro Plant requires a River adjacent to the city, as well as 1 Aluminum.

  • +1 Production Production from every tile adjacent to a River

With Social Policies / Tenets:

  • Young Pioneers (Order): +1 Happy Happiness


A hydro plant is a building that converts energy from falling water into electrical power. The larger the volume of water and the greater the distance it falls, the more power the plant generates. The Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest hydro power plant ever constructed. When completed it will generate some 22,500 mega-watts, ten times more than the American Hoover Dam.

Hydro plants are generally considered "green" sources of energy, though their impact on local fish can be great. Hydro plants that capture the energy from rising tides have been constructed in coastal areas.

Unique Building Replacements[]

Icon Building Civilization Yields
Basinal Dam Afghanistan (Zahir Shah)
  • +40 Production Production cost (400 vs 360).
  • +1 Food Food in every tile next to a River when constructed in a city on Desert or Snow.
  • +1 Production Production in every tile next to a River when constructed in a city that's not on Desert or Snow.
IconPNG EmbankmentDam
Embankment Dam Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah)
  • Contains an Engineer specialist slot
  • Yields Gold Gold for Strategic Resources worked by its city
Indian Railway British Raj (Mountbatten)
  • Adds +10% of the Production Production output of your Citystate City-State Allies to this city. This amount is divided between each Indian Railway you have built across your cities.
  • Requires 1 Coal Coal instead of Aluminum Aluminium.
Oil Advisory Venezuela (Rómulo Betancourt)
  • Requires Oil Oil instead of Aluminum Aluminium.
  • Provides +2% Production Production per allied Citystate City-State and +2% Gold Gold per active Declaration of Friendship.
Represa Paraguay (Alfredo Stroessner)
  • Production Production and Gold Gold output of river tiles is added to the city toward the amount of Food Food stored after growth
Royal State Railway Hanover (Ernest Augustus)
  • Unlocked at Railroad.
  • No terrain requirements.
  • Does not provide the Hydro Plant's standard benefits.
  • +1 Production Production per worked Specialist.
Shannon Scheme Plant Ireland (Éamon de Valera)
  • Generates 4 CultureIcon Culture while it is being built.
  • While existing, 5% of the Production Production generated in city is shared with other cities you control.
Sug'orish Kanali Uzbekistan (Islam Karimov)
  • Does not require Aluminum aluminum.
  • Lakes and coasts switch between making Food food and Production production every 5-10 turns.
  • Allows for a worker to remove a sea resource for massive amounts of Production production in all cities.
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