Kossou Dam

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Kossou Dam
Kossou Dam is located in Ivory Coast
Kossou Dam
Location of Kossou Dam
Country Ivory Coast
Location Yamoussoukro
Coordinates 7°1′52.57″N 5°28′23.16″W / 7.0312694°N 5.4731000°W / 7.0312694; -5.4731000Coordinates: 7°1′52.57″N 5°28′23.16″W / 7.0312694°N 5.4731000°W / 7.0312694; -5.4731000
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Opening date 1972; 42 years ago (1972)
Owner(s) Ministry of Economy
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth and rock-fill
Impounds Bandama River
Height 58 m (190 ft)
Length 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Creates Lake Kossou
Total capacity 27,675,000,000 m3 (22,436,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 178 km2 (69 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date 1972-1973
Turbines 3 x 58 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 174 MW

The Kossou Dam is an embankment dam the Bandama River about 32 km (20 mi) northwest of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire. It has a power generating capacity of 176 MW enough to power over 118,000 homes. The dam created the largest lake in Côte d'Ivoire, Lake Kossou[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Electrical Power in Côte d'Ivoire". www.mbendi.com. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Dams in Africa". UN FAO. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kossou Hydroelectric Power Plant Cote dIvoire". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 18 March 2014.