Bandak is a lake in the municipalities of Kviteseid and Tokke in Telemark county, Norway. The lake, which is part of the Telemark Canal route, belongs to the Skien watershed. The river Tokke flows into the lake, and the outlet is via the river Straumane, to Kviteseidvatn.[2] Average depth is 121 meter or about 50 meters below sea level. The lake is 2 km at the widest. The catchment area is 2556 km2.[1]

Bandak lake about 1890 (photo: Axel Lindahl)
LocationKviteseid, Tokke (Telemark)
Coordinates59°23′53″N 08°18′23″E
Primary inflowsTokke
Primary outflowsStraumane
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length27 km (17 mi)
Surface area26.40 km2 (10.19 sq mi)
Max. depth325 m (1,066 ft)
Water volume3.17 km3 (2,570,000 acre⋅ft)
Shore length160.16 km (37.38 mi)
Surface elevation72 m (236 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Tokke Hydroelectric Power Station utilizes the hydraulic head from Lake Vinje to Lake Bandak of ~394 meters to generate electricity. It is one of northern Europe's largest power plants with a production of some 440,000 kilowatts.

See also

References and notes

  1. "Dybdekartbok 1984".
  2. "Bandak". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 20 August 2011.

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