• Short Summary

    THE GREAT AKOSOMBO DAM, BASIS OF GHANA'S 70-MILLION VOLTA RIVER PROJECT, HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN RECORD TIME.

  • Description

    THE GREAT AKOSOMBO DAM, BASIS OF GHANA'S 70-MILLION VOLTA RIVER PROJECT, HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN RECORD TIME.ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8TH), REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GHANA GOVERNMENT AND THE ITALIAN COMPANY, IMPREGILO, WHO BUILT THE DAM, GATHERED AT THE SITE FOR A CEREMONY TO MARK THIS GREAT STEP FORWARD IN GHANA'S ECONOMY AND FUTURE PROSPERITY.THE WHOLE VOLTA PROJECT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF GHANA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN, OF WHICH THE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO END THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE ON ONE PRODUCT - COCOA.

    THE AKOSOMBO DAM AND POWER STATION WILL PROVIDE GHANA WITH 580 MILLION KILOWATTS OF POWER, AND PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR OUTPUT TO BE STEPPED UP TO 768 MILLION.THE ALUMINUM SMELTER BEING BUILT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DAM, IS ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT TEMA, THE NEW PORT AT THE MOUTH OF THE VOLTA RIVER.THE SMELTER WILL BE THE DAM'S MAIN POWER USER, BUT IT'S NOT SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS.SO FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, GHANA LOOKS LIKE HAVING A CONSIDERABLE POWER SURPLUS, FOR WITHOUT THE SMELTER, THE COUNTRY'S ENTIRE DEMAND COULD BE SATISFIED BY ONLY ONE OF THE DAM'S FOUR TURBINES AND GENERATORS.

    AKOSOMBO HAS COST GBP42 MILLION, AND ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, WORK SUFFERED A TREMENDOUS HOLD UP DURING 1963 WHEN THE BIGGEST FLOODS EVER TO BE RECORDED ON THE VOLTA HIT THE PROJECT.THE DAM IS 550-METRES WIDE (2,000-FEET) AND 135-METRES (440-FEET) HIGH.THE LAKE BEHIND IT, WHICH IS ALREADY BUILDING UP, WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST MAN-MADE LAKES IN THE WORLD, EXTENDING 250-MILES (400-KMS) UP INTO THE FAR NORTH OF GHANA.

    (THE PARTY OF IMPREGILO EXECUTIVES HAVE ALSO VISITED THE KAINJI DAM IN NIGERIA, WHICH THEY ARE BUILDING.THEY'VE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE OTHER GREAT DAMS BUILT IN AFRICA OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, INCLUDING ROSEIRES DAM, RECENTLY VISITED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH DURING HER STATE VISIT TO THE SUDAN).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8LJHIF1DXN2E8P43VMERFUKLN
    Media URN:
    VLVA8LJHIF1DXN2E8P43VMERFUKLN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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