Work had begun on the second stage of Kenya's huge multi-million point hydro-electric power project.?
Work had begun on the second stage of Kenya's huge multi-million point hydro-electric power project. The site of the vast new scheme - which follows the commissioning of the dam and power station at Kindaruma on the Tana River in 1968 -- is Kamburu -- 70 miles from Nairobi.
The new dam, when completed in 1974, will be 900 metres long and will hold back 123,000,000 public metres of water. The waters will be guided through three large turbines in an underground power station, providing new sources of power for much of the country.
SYNOPSIS: Work has begun on the second stage of Kenya's massive new hydro-electric power project -- on the Tana River, 70 miles form Nairobi. Workman on the multimillion pound project have to brave constant visits from large herds of elephant and other wildlife.
The new stage follows the commissioning of the dam and power station at Kindaruma -- a few miles downstream -- in 1968. The Tana is Kenya's biggest and longest river. When completed in 1974, the new dam will be 900 metres long and hold back 123 million cubic metres of water.
Work on the Kindaruma dan and power station was begun in 1965 and completed 30 months later.
Two senior government officials, Mr Kamithi Munyi and ???he Assistant Minister for Power and Communications, Mr. H.J. Onamu toured the project earlier this week.
They were shown around the power station by the Resident Engineer. The Kindaruma Dam is only the first of three developments, which when completed will meet the country's power demands for the next 20 years.