In argentina the newly completed Futaleufu Dam in chubut has been officially opened by the President.
SV President Jorge Rafael Videla and official party arriving at hydro electric dam at Futaleufu, and is applauded by crowd. (two shots)
GV President Videla walks forward to unveil plaque. (three shots)
SV President Videla walks towards power house as guests applaud. (two shots)
SV INT President Videla presses button in control room.
GTV water rushes out of sluice of main dam.
SV Zoom out from water to hydro electric power station.
GV PAN from dam wall to water pouring out.
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Background: In argentina the newly completed Futaleufu Dam in chubut has been officially opened by the President. General Jorge Rafael Videla. The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday (18 April), and this put into operation the 120 feet (36.5 metres) high dam, that will feed the Aluar aluminium plant in Puerto Madryn, 342 miles (550 kilometres) away.
SYNOPSIS: The Futaleufu Dam project was initiated seven years ago, and the Argentine government was well represented, when President Videla arrived for the ceremony marking its completion. The dam, which is 600 metres (1968 feet) long and 10 metres (32 feet) wide, is situated 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the city of Esquel, in the south west of the country.
The dam has been constructed near the source of the Futaleufu river on Lake Situacion.
When President Videla pressed the button that activated a turbo generator, he was setting into motion a project that will not only feed the Aluar Aluminium plant, but also local industrial plants. The power generated reaches Puerto Madryn by the way of two high tension cables, each of 330 kilovolts.
During the opening ceremony, Energy Secretary, Daniel A. Brunella, said that Argentina's finite energy resources demanded that it place special emphasis on the generation of electricity through nuclear and hydroelectric plants.
Mr. Brunella also mentioned what he termed the huge investments that will be necessary to meet the government's energy programme, aimed at self-sufficiency in oil by 1985.