Kossou Dam

The Kossou Dam is an embankment dam that impounds the Bandama River about 32 kilometres (20 mi) northwest of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire. It has a power generating capacity of 174 megawatts (233,000 hp), enough to power over 118,000 homes. The dam impounds the largest lake in Côte d'Ivoire, Lake Kossou.[1][2][3]

Kossou Dam
Location of Kossou Dam in Ivory Coast
CountryIvory Coast
LocationYamoussoukro
Coordinates07°01′52″N 5°28′24″W
PurposePower
StatusOperational
Opening date1972 (1972)
Owner(s)Ministry of Economy
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment, earth and rock-fill
ImpoundsBandama River
Height58 m (190 ft)
Length1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesLake Kossou
Total capacity27,675×10^6 m3 (22,436,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface area178 km2 (69 sq mi)
Commission date1972-1973
Turbines3 x 58 MW (78,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity174 MW (233,000 hp)

References

  1. "Electrical Power in Côte d'Ivoire". www.mbendi.com. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. "Dams in Africa". UN FAO. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. "Kossou Hydroelectric Power Plant Cote dIvoire". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 18 March 2014.


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