• Short Summary

    WORK IS PROGRESSING AS PLANNED ON THE KAFUE GORGE HYDROELECTRIC SCHEME 50 MILES SOUTH OF LUSAKA, IN ZAMBIA, ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT SOURCES.

  • Description

    WORK IS PROGRESSING AS PLANNED ON THE KAFUE GORGE HYDROELECTRIC SCHEME 50 MILES SOUTH OF LUSAKA, IN ZAMBIA, ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT SOURCES. THE NEW SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE COUNTRY'S HYDROELECTRIC NEEDS, PRESENTLY SUPPLIED FROM THE KARIBA DAM IN RHODESIA.

    THERE HAD BEEN RUMOURS OF ABANDONING THE KAFUE SCHEME IN FAVOUR OF A ZAMBIAN-BASED POWER STATION ON THE NORTH BANK OF THE KARIBA DAM, BUT PRELIMINARY WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE DENIED THE RUMOURS. IN A RECENT PRESS STATEMENT, HOWEVER, PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA CONFIRMED THAT THE COUNTRY WOULD GO AHEAD WITH ITS PLANS FOR A NORTH-BASED KARIBA POWER SUPPLY.

    AT THE KAFUE SITE ACCESS ROADS HAVE BEEN BUILT TO THE DAM SITE AND A TOWNSHIP HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED 25 MILES OFF THE MAIN TRUNK ROAD BETWEEN LUSAKA AND RHODESIA.

    TWO TUNNELS HAVE BEEN GOUGED THROUGH GRANITE AND SHALE. THE RIVER IS BEING DIVERTED THROUGH THE TUNNELS SO THAT THE MAIN DAM CAN BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE DRY RIVER BED.

    WORK IS ALSO WELL UNDER WAY TO BUILD A COFFER DAM, A TEMPORARY BOOM ACROSS THE RIVER TO DIVERT WATER THROUGH THE DIVERSION TUNNELS.

    THE MAIN CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS BEEN AWARDED TO A YUGOSLAV FIRM, ENERGOPROJEKT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5MI91HCWRKBT3KCF7723T73MV
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MI91HCWRKBT3KCF7723T73MV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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