• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY PERFORMED THE OPENING CEREMONY TWO DAYS AGO (MONDAY) OF THE NEW THERMAL ELECTRICITY GENERATING PLANT AT VRIDI, A SUBURB OF ABIDJAN.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET BOIGNY PERFORMED THE OPENING CEREMONY TWO DAYS AGO (MONDAY) OF THE NEW THERMAL ELECTRICITY GENERATING PLANT AT VRIDI, A SUBURB OF ABIDJAN.

    THE NEW POWER STATION, WHICH WILL ADD AN ADDITIONAL 32,000 MEGAWATTS TO THE IVORY COAST'S ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, WAS BUILT BY THE FRENCH COMPANY ALSTHOM.

    THE NEW VRIDI POWER STATION IS OIL-FUELLED; IT TOOK ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS TO BUILD, AND IT WILL HELP TO MEET AN ENORMOUS INCREASE IN THE DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY IN THE IVORY COAST IN RECENT YEARS. IT WILL BRING ELECTRIC POWER TO RURAL AREAS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    THIS FIRST STAGE OF A THERMAL POWER STATION ALONGSIDE THE VRIDI CANAL, WHICH LINKS ABIDJAN'S LAGOON WITH THE ATLANTIC, WILL PRODUCE 150-MILLION KILOWATT-HOURS ANNUALLY. THIS WILL BE DOUBLED WHEN THE SECOND STAGE COMES INTO SERVICE IN 1970.

    CONSTRUCTION STARTED IN FEBRUARY 1967, AND COST 2,000 MILLION CFA FRANCS (ABOUT THREE MILLION STERLING). HALF OF THIS WAS COVERED BY A LOAN FROM THE FRENCH CENTRAL FUND FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION; THE REMAINDER CAME THROUGH A LOAN FROM FRANCE'S AID AND CO-OPERATION FUND AND THROUGH A CREDIT FROM THE CONSTRUCTION FIRM, ALSTHOM, ITSELF.

    300,000 LOCAL AND 10,000 FRENCH WORKERS CONSTRUCTED THE OIL-FUELED VRIDI PLANT WHICH NOW - IN ITS COMPLETED STATE - EMPLOYS 55 IVORIENS AND 15 FRENCHMEN.

    (OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, AN ITALIAN CONSORTIUM - "IMPREGILO" - WILL CONSTRUCT A HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM ACROSS THE BANDAMA RIVER SOME 280 MILES (450 KMS) NORTH-WEST OF ABIDJAN; THIS WILL ALLOW A FURTHER EXPANSION OF THE IVORY COAST'S ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ON A LESS COSTLY BASIS THAN THE OIL-FUELLED INSTALLATIONS NOW BROUGHT INTO USE.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7IYBCMY4KR0GC7S98NVHXINK6
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IYBCMY4KR0GC7S98NVHXINK6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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