Grand Poubara Dam

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Grand Poubara Dam
Grand Poubara Dam is located in Gabon
Grand Poubara Dam
Location of Grand Poubara Dam
Country Gabon
Location Franceville, Haut-Ogooué Province
Coordinates 1°46′22.67″S 13°33′4.18″E / 1.7729639°S 13.5511611°E / -1.7729639; 13.5511611Coordinates: 1°46′22.67″S 13°33′4.18″E / 1.7729639°S 13.5511611°E / -1.7729639; 13.5511611
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Construction began 2008
Opening date 2013; 1 year ago (2013)
Owner(s) Ministry of Mining, Energy, Oil and Water Resources
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Ogooué River
Height 37 m (121 ft)
Power station
Name Grand Poubara Power Station
Coordinates 1°45′47.20″S 13°32′40.05″E / 1.7631111°S 13.5444583°E / -1.7631111; 13.5444583
Commission date 2013
Turbines 4 x 40 MW (54,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity 160 MW (210,000 hp)

The Grand Poubara Dam is a gravity dam on the Ogooué River, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Franceville in Gabon. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 160 megawatts (210,000 hp) power station. Construction on the project began in November 2008, the river was diverted in November 2010, and the power station was commissioned on 5 August 2013. The dam diverts the river around the Poubara Falls where four 40-megawatt (54,000 hp) Francis turbine-generators are powered. The majority of the dam and power station was funded by the Chinese government and the project was constructed by Sinohydro.[1][2][3]


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  3. ^ "Gabon's 160-MW Grand Poubara hydroelectric plant enters full operation". Hydro World. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014.