TAABO, IVORY COAST
INTRODUCTION: By exploiting the country's considerable hydro-electric potential the Ivory Coast has built one of the most extensive electricity networks on the African continent.
TAABO, IVORY COAST
1. GV PAN Dam at Taabo and lake. 0.12
2. GV TILT DOWN PAN Water running into power house. 0.22
3. GV Electrical equipment and dials. 0.29
4. SV TILT UP Turbine shaft. 0.42
5. SV Equipment in power station. (4 SHOTS) 0.50
6. CU ZOOM OUT SV Power worker with instruments. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
7. GV Transformers. (3 SHOTS) 1.14
8. GV Headquarters of electricity board. (2 SHOTS) 1.28
9. SV Map of electricity grids. 1.33
10. GV Shots of other industries using electricity. (3 SHOTS) 1.44
11. GV Village in the country, power lines. 1.50
12. GV Electric street light, PAN TO street. 1.58
13. SV Flourescent light and lit street lamps. (2 SHOTS) 2.06
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Background: TAABO, IVORY COAST
INTRODUCTION: By exploiting the country's considerable hydro-electric potential the Ivory Coast has built one of the most extensive electricity networks on the African continent. Thirty per cent of the population now has access to electricity and the Government's aim is to make it available to all by the end of the century. One of the biggest stations is at Taabo about 250 kilometres north of the capital Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: A dam is constructed above the station so that the water flow can be regulated. This dam was built on the Bandama River. The station has a capacity of 210 megawatts and cost 268 million dollars in early 1979. According to Energie Electrique De Cote D'Ivoire (EECI) the mainly state-owned organisation which runs the industry, 86 per cent of the electricity supplies to consumers is now generated by hydro power. The first hydro-electric power station came into operation in 1960.
The equipment in the stations costs millions and includes the latest technology. After the initial success of the first station 21 years ago -- the year of the Ivory Coast's independence others followed. Another station was built in 1972 on the Bandaman River. The 174 megawatt station cost 93 million dollars and was the largest in the country at that time.
The headquarters of the electricity board has to deal with a grid covering the whole of the country. And there are still plenty of sites to be exploited. According to the EECI the country's hydro-electric potential is 12.5 billion kilowatt hours.
So far only about 20 per cent of this potential has been exploited. But industry has an insatiable appetite. Since independence the system has grown beyond all recognition. In 1962 only 22 towns and villagers had electricity by last year the figure was 523 including remote villages.
Abidjan with its concentration of industry uses the most power -- a staggering 64 per cent of the total.
Source: KOSSI R. AMEGAN