The Kamburu Dam on the Tana River in Kenya, is nearing completion and is expected to be functioning by the second half of this year.
The Kamburu Dam on the Tana River in Kenya, is nearing completion and is expected to be functioning by the second half of this year. The dam, which lies approximately a hundred miles (160 km) north-east of the Kanyan capital, Nairobi, is the second of three dams to be built in the Seven Forks hydro-electric project.
The Kenyan Government hope that the Seven Forks scheme will eventually provide enough power for the country's industry to be free from its present dependence on Ugandan hydro-electricity. It will also assist the Government in achieving one of its major targets which is to accelerate the development of manufacturing industry in the country.
By the time it is finished the Kamburu Dam will have cost approximately GBP 17m. sterling (GBP K 15m), and most of the money was raised from the World Bank and its affiliates. The reservoir of water behind the dam will measure over 62 miles (100 km) around its perimeter, with a surface area of 3,840 acres (1,600 hectares).
A road has been constructed along the top of the dam, and the whole site will also be provided with other amenities including a shop, a refuse collection service, and a dispensary. The lake formed by the dam is already full of wild birds and other wildlife, and it is expected that the Government will eventually designate the area as a national reserve.