• Short Summary

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE GIANT GURI DAM IN VENEZUELA, WHICH WILL PRODUCE MORE HYDRD ELECTRICITY THAN ANY OTHER DAM IN THE WORLD, IS NEARING COMPLETION.

  • Description

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE GIANT GURI DAM IN VENEZUELA, WHICH WILL PRODUCE MORE HYDRD ELECTRICITY THAN ANY OTHER DAM IN THE WORLD, IS NEARING COMPLETION. AS THE WATERS BEGIN TO RISE AN OPERATION IS UNDERWAY TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS LIKELY TO BE TRAPPED.

    SINCE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 1965, MORE THAN 1,500 MEN HAVE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT ON THE DAM. WHILE THESE MEN WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO RAISE GURI'S MAMMOTH WALL TO 344 FEET (106 METRES) ABOVE THE RIVER BED OF THE NECUIMA CANYON, THE DAM'S FIRST THREE GENERATORS ARE NOW BEING INSTALLED.

    WHEN SEVEN MORE GENERATORS ARE ADDED BRINGING POWER UP TO 1,750,000 KW THE DAM'S FIRST STAGE WILL BE COMPLETE. BUILT BY A CONSORTIUM OF SIX AMERICAN AND VENEZUELAN COMPANIES, THIS STAGE INVOLVES AN INVESTMENT OF 137 MILLION DOLLARS.

    THE CARONI RIVER WILL FORM A 2080 SQUARE MILES (800 SQUARE KILOMETRES) LAKE BEHIND THE DAM. IT'S EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF VENEZUELA'S MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WITH 20 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF FISH.

    MEANWHILE, AN ANIMAL ROUND UP IS UNDERWAY TO DRIVE HERDS TO AN AREA SOUTH OF THE DAM NEAR THE GUYANA BORDER. THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS' LIVES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SAVED IN THE OPERATION WHICH IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MR. JOHN WALSH OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADANZNCUTO7ACS7RTI4YL4IG37
    Media URN:
    VLVADANZNCUTO7ACS7RTI4YL4IG37
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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