• Short Summary

    THE VOLTA DAM, WHICH COST GBP 56 MILLION STERLING (156.8 MILLION DOLLARS), WILL EVENTUALLY PRODUCE 882 MILLIWATTS OF POWER, CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THE ENTIRE POWER NEEDS OF GHANA.

  • Description

    THE VOLTA DAM, WHICH COST GBP 56 MILLION STERLING (156.8 MILLION DOLLARS), WILL EVENTUALLY PRODUCE 882 MILLIWATTS OF POWER, CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THE ENTIRE POWER NEEDS OF GHANA. PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS TO INAUGURATE THE DAM AT AKOSOMBO BEFORE 6,000 PEOPLE ON JANUARY 22.

    THE DAM, SIXTY MILES FROM ACCRA TOOK FIVE YEARS TO BUILD. ITS RETAINING WALL RISES 244 FEET (93 METRES) ABOVE WATER LEVEL AND STRETCHES 2,200 FEET (671 METRES) ACROSS A VALLEY.

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH SEES THE DAM AS THEY KEY TO GHANA'S INDUSTRIALISATION. BEHIND THE DAM WALL, THE VOLTA IS BUILDING UP FOR 250 MILES TO FORM ONE OF THE LARGEST MAN-MADE LAKES IN THE WORLD. A GBP35 MILLION STERLING (98 MILLION DOLLARS) HARBOUR HAS BEEN BUILT ON THE LAKE AT TEMA WHERE AN ALUMINIUM SMELTER IS BEING CONSTRUCTED.

    THE VOLTA RIVER AUTHORITY HAS LAID DOWN A 500 MILE ELECTRICAL GRID SYSTEM WHICH IS ALREADY PROVIDING POWER TO VILLAGES DEEP IN THE BUSH.

    AT FIRST THE POWER HOUSE UNDER THE DAM WALL WILL PRODUCE A TOTAL OF 588 MILLIWATTS, BUILDING UP EVENTUALLY TO A FULL LOAD OF 882 MILLIWATTS.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS MULTI-PURPOSE PLANS FOR THE DAM -- FOR IRRIGATION, WATER TRANSPORT, TOURISM AND A SOURCE OF PROTEIN - RICH FISH.

    KEY TO THE DAM IS THE TEMA ALUMINIUM SMELTER WHICH THE AUTHORITY HOPES WILL BE PRODUCING 100,000 TONS A YEAR BY 1969.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4UF00YVISG5UC3OJ19ORU6KGD
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UF00YVISG5UC3OJ19ORU6KGD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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