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  History of Akosombo dam
They recommended that Akosombo gorge, originally pinpointed by Kitson, provided and added that there was the possibility of smaller hydro-electric projects at Kpong and Bui which could follow as and when the need arose.
They recommended that the aluminum smelter should be built at Tema where the new town and harbor were now rising fast, rather than at Kpong as originally proposed and they urged that alumna should be imported until revenue from the industry made it possible to mine and refine the local bauxite into alumna.
It is also responsible for controlling the 3,275 square mile lake behind the dam, for developing the lake for fishing, transport and communications, and for promoting the health and welfare of the people in the lake area.
www.ghanaweb.com /GhanaHomePage/history/akosombo_dam.php   (2033 words)

  Dam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Akosombo Dam Through the Akosombo Dam the second largest man-made lake is created, the Lake Volta in Ghana and all of th...
Derby Dam Derby Dam is a Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.
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 Akosombo Dam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The dam created the largest man-made lake, known as Lake Volta.
The dam provides electricity to Ghana and surrounding West African countries.
The dam is 660 meters wide and 114 meters high.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Akosombo_Dam   (154 words)

 Encyclopedia: Akosombo Dam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Akosombo Dam on the Volta River in southeastern Ghana
The lake is formed by the Akosombo Dam (q.v.), which, begun in 1961 and completed in 1965, dammed the Volta River just south of Ajena and created a lake extending upstream from the Akosombo Dam to Yapei, beyond the former confluence of the Black Volta and White Volta rivers.
LARGE DAMS AND RESERVOIRS There is an important distinction between the reservoir impounded by a dam, regardless of the dam's purpose, and the irrigation system that may accompany the dam.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Akosombo-Dam   (476 words)

 Remediation of the environmental impacts of the Akosombo and Kpong dams
The Akosombo Dam on the Volta River was built in 1963 to enhance and accelerate economic growth of the newly independent state, Ghana.
The construction of the two dams on the Volta River accelerated the proliferation of these snails in the lake area, on the head pond and in the Lower Volta.
The construction of the dam (1961-64) on the Volta river led to the formation of the new Volta Lake with a Reservior area of about 3275 square miles (8500km2), 3.6% of Ghana’s total land area, and a shoreline exceeding 3000 miles (4800km).
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 Akosombo Dam - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The dam created the second largest man-made lake, known as Lake Volta.
It was built between 1961 and 1965.In periods of drought, the water in Lake Volta is rationed and less electricity is generated.
Akosombo Dam, External link, Buildings and structures in Ghana, Economy of Ghana and Dams.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Akosombo_Dam   (166 words)

 Definition of dam
Dam B is a dispersed rural community with several cam...
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 Accra Academy Geography Club - Akosombo Dam History
The Akosombo Dam actually is a dam which has a very broad and interesting history.
The dam was planned to built at a deep gorge just north of the Ajena island.
The Dam was meant to be a cresent shapedrock filled dam with sloping core of impervious clay.
aagc.150m.com /akosombo.htm   (352 words)

The dam was created under the name of the Volta River Project which was undertaken by the Ghanaian government and funded in part by the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the United States and the United Kingdom.
The constuction of the Akosombo dam was intended to encourage the establishment of new industries, stimulate agricultural development, and to provide opportunities for fishing and increased water transportation.
The hydroelectric power produced by the dam was supposed to provide a reliable source of energy for large industries as well as export power to Togo and Benin, but in the early 1980's and early 1990's, very low water levels due to drought brought a halt to energy exports and interrupted industrial production.
commonwealth.ednet.ns.ca /africa/Ghana/Rivers/riversetc.html   (455 words)

 UNEP Global 500 Forum :: Courting Megadisaster: Bui Dam May Cause Havoc
Contrary to widely held beliefs by the dam backers that the hippos and the other endangered species will be relocated when construction of the dam begins, zoologist interviewed contend that the hippos in particular cannot survive anywhere outside the Bui national park due to its unique nature.
After nearly three decades since the Akosombo dam began, communities that were relocated are still fighting for compensation particularly for the loss of fertile farm lands and buildings.
The usual talk that the dam will alleviate acute unemployment in the area does not hold water if anything at all, this will be short lived as once the rains begin to fail, and power rationing sets in, millions of workers are going to be laid off as Akosombo has shown.
www.global500.org /feature_4.html   (2271 words)

 Akosombo International School   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Akosombo International School (AIS) was established in 1962 to provide educational facilities at Kindergarten and Primary Level for the Children of workers (mostly expatriates), who were engaged in the construction of the Akosombo Dam.
With the inception of the Akosombo Dam Project in 1966, the Akosombo International School was opened to the children/wards of all employees of the Volta River Authority.
Another kindergarten stream of Akosombo international School was also set up in the main township of Akosombo to prepare pupils adequately before entering the public primary schools in Akosombo.
www.akosombointernational.com /aboutus/history.php   (418 words)

 The Akosombo Dam Adventure - The Wax Conspiracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Akosombo Dam and hydro electric power station are situated both North and East of Ghana's capital Accra; a journey of about two and a half hours.
There is another dam nearby, in a nearby town called Kpong but without the size and electricity of Akosombo, it will never get the same amount of press.
Akosombo Dam, some say, is the largest man-made lake in the world.
www.thewaxconspiracy.com /deep/theakosombodamadventure   (1324 words)

 Akosombo Dam: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Akosombo Dam is a hydroelectric dam (hydroelectric dam: hydroelectricity, or hydroelectric power, is a form of hydropower, (i.e.,the use...
The dam created the second largest man-made lake, known as Lake Volta (Lake Volta: lake volta is the largest artificial lake in the world (being larger than lake nasser),...
In periods of drought (drought: A temporary shortage of rainfall), the water in Lake Volta is rationed and less electricity (electricity: A physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons) is generated.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/akosombo_dam   (182 words)

 Lake Volta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its northernmost point is at the town of Yapei, and southernmost at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream.
The lake was formed in 1957 when the Akosombo Dam was built.
The dam produces electricity for much of the nation.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Volta_Lake   (208 words)

 Akosombo Dam --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The dam rises 440 feet (134 m) above ground level and has a crest 2,201 feet (671 m) wide and a volume of 10,451,000 cubic yards...
The earliest of these dams were used to supply water for farming and drinking.
The Grand Coulee Dam is the main component of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, a vast irrigation, flood control, and recreation project in central Washington State.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9005295   (832 words)

 Ghana Tours and Excursions
Depart for a visit to the hydro-electric dam at Akosombo.
The Akosombo Dam was built on the Volta, the largest river in Ghana.
Have a conducted tour of the Akosombo Dam and Hydro Electric Generating Plant which generates for most parts of Ghana.
www.southtravels.com /africa/ghana/citytours.html   (532 words)

 Aba's Place: Holidays - Ghana 2003
We took a whirlwind tour of the dam which is itself kind of ugly, the lake and surrounding scenery are very beautiful though.
Akosombo dam's hydro electric plant supplies to surrounding countries as well as Ghana - that's after some greedy corporate manufacturing plant takes one third of the power at a ridiculously unfair low price.
Apparently at the time the dam was built, the then government signed this rip off deal because they wanted the dam built.
www.abasplace.co.uk /holidays/ghana03/holidaysghana03.htm   (569 words)

 Ghana - MANUFACTURING AND TOURISM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
This venture began in the mid-1960s with the construction of a 1,186-megawatt hydroelectric dam on the lower Volta River at Akosombo.
Built with assistance from Britain, the United States, and the World Bank, the Akosombo Dam was the centerpiece of the Volta River Project (VRP), which the Nkrumah government envisioned as the key to developing an integrated aluminum industry based on the exploitation of Ghana's sizable bauxite reserves and its hydroelectric potential.
Severe drought compounded the effects of unfavorable market conditions by reducing the electricity generating capacity of the Akosombo Dam and by forcing a temporary shutdown of the smelter from 1983 to 1985.
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 dam-l FIAN alert on Bui Dam, Ghana/LS
Background: With the construction of Ghana's third hydroelectricity dam, a population of approximately 30,000 people have to fear relocation or a decline in essential fishing grounds as well as an increase in dangerous diseases.
The disastrous consequences of unfair compensation and resettlement which followed the construction and the recent power rationing due to too little water in the Akosombo dam are still fresh in the minds of Ghanaians.
Although the dam construction was planned from 2001 it is reported that some work has already been carried out without the promised social and environmental impact assessment.
www.sandelman.ottawa.on.ca /lists/html/dam-l/2000/msg01484.html   (1101 words)

 Strid om dammar i Volta, energikris i Ghana (980329)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Burkina Faso had already built a dam for agricultural purposes and to build two power-generating units might affect the flow of the river to the Akosombo dam in Ghana, Rawlings said.
Akosombo dam has been badly affected by drought and only three of six turbines are running.
According to the plant manager, the level of water is the lowest recorded since the dam was built 32 years ago.
www.omvarldsbilder.se /1998/980329.html   (560 words)

 WORLDTWITCH - Proposed Bui Dam, Bui National Park, Ghana   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The dam is to be built by a consortium led by one of the Brown and Root subsidiaries or divisions of the Halliburton Company, a politically-connected government contractor based in Texas.
The area inundated by the dam covers five percent of the country, and displaced 80,000 people (one percent of the population of Ghana) when the reservoir was filled in the 1960s.
Rather than building more dams and in the process destroying what little remains of wild habitats in Ghana, international donors should be directing all their resources at halting population growth, regardless of the views of the religious fundamentalists who currently control the U.S. government and the dogmatic Marxists found in many international NGOs.
www.worldtwitch.com /ghana_bui.htm   (1862 words)

 PastFowl: Akosombo Dam
Rock-fill dam on the Volta River, near Akosombo, Ghana, completed in 1965 as part of the Volta River Project.
Its construction was jointly financed by the government of Ghana, the World Bank, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The dam rises 440 feet (134 m) above ground level and has a crest 2,201 feet (671 m) wide and a volume of 10,451,000 cubic yards (7,991,000 cubic m).
pastfowl.blogspot.com /2004/10/akosombo-dam.html   (85 words)

 UNFPA: News
AKOSOMBO, GHANA – As Liberian rebels closed in on Monrovia and refugees began fleeing, a humanitarian strategy meeting convened by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has warned that conflict in the region was worsening an already immense humanitarian crisis, with devastating health consequences for women and girls, in particular.
“Wars and the forced displacement of millions are fuelling a dramatic deterioration in health throughout the region, especially in reproductive health,” read a declaration adopted by the conference in Akosombo, a town on the edge of Akosombo Dam.
The Akosombo statement was issued one day before a United Nations-brokered peace conference brought eight African heads of State and leaders of Liberia’s warring factions to this town to negotiate an end to their country’s civil war.
www.unfpa.org /news/news.cfm?ID=327   (692 words)

 Ghana increases capacity of hydroelectric dam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Following the rehabilitation, power generated from Akosombo Dam has increased from 912 mega-watts to 1,020 mega-watts, Volta River Authority (VRA) CEO Joshua Ofedie was quoted Monday as saying.
The dam was commissioned way back 1965 by the country's first president, Kwame Nkrumah.
He said completion of the project would enable the Akosombo Dam provide at least 25 years of reliable and hitch-free electricity.
www.panapress.com /freenews.asp?code=eng074737&dte=07/03/2005   (278 words)

 Akosombo Hydro Power Plant
Studies into the potential for damming the Volta River for electricity generation was started in 1915.
In 1972, the second stage of the project was completed with the addition of two generating units with installed capacity of 324MW to the Akosombo Generating Station bringing the total number of units to six and total generating capacity to 912MW at that time.
During the Akosombo GS Retrofit Project, which took place between October 1999 and March 2005, each generating Unit was uprated to a maximum output of 170 MW.
www.vra.com /Power/akohydro.html   (419 words)

 Biffa-HTI ~ Starting Points Focus on Ghana Who decides Twenty years a paying   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The price referred to is the Akosombo Dam on Ghana's Volta River - a project which Kwame Nkrumah thought would bring electricity to Ghana's homes and industries and power his nation into the twentieth century.
Today, thirteen years after the dam was completed, less than half of one per cent of the rural population lives in homes with electricity and Ghana faces severe power shortages.
Many Ghanaians now believe that the Akosombo Dam project and all the promises it held for Ghana's future were merely a front for the Corporation's real purpose - cheap electricity for its smelting operation.
www.e4s.org.uk /biffa/ghana/whoc2.html   (356 words)

 Akosombo dam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
See one of the largest man - made lakes in the world (Lake Volta), and the Akosombo Dam Ghana's source of hydroelectric power.
Dance to sweet sounds of highlife aboard the Dodi Princess for a cruse to the Dodi Island Enjoy the calm of the lake and the scenic view of the beautiful Akwapim - Togo Range Mountain.
The Akosombo dam, this dam created Lake Volta the largest artifilial lake in the world.
www.fh-trier.de /~blankenf/privat/travel/ghana/akosombo_dam.htm   (73 words)

 Africanews - 72 - March 2002
Built in the 60s with funds from Russia and the United States, the dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, which supplies power to Ghana, Togo and Benin, all in West Africa.
But over the years, environmental degradation around the source of the dam has caused reduced inflow of water into the dam, thus reducing the water level and the dam's ability to generate enough power.
Plans for the construction of the dam have been on the drawing board for the past twenty years, but lack of political will, coupled with concerns of environmental degradation have done little to resuscitate the project.
www.peacelink.it /afrinews/72_issue/p10.html   (1354 words)

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