Mohamed V Dam

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Mohamed V Dam
Mohamed V Dam is located in Morocco
Mohamed V Dam
Location of Mohamed V Dam
Official name Barrage Mohamed V
Country Morocco
Location Zaio
Coordinates 34°39′47″N 02°56′18″W / 34.66306°N 2.93833°W / 34.66306; -2.93833Coordinates: 34°39′47″N 02°56′18″W / 34.66306°N 2.93833°W / 34.66306; -2.93833
Status Operational
Opening date 1967
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch-gravity
Impounds Moulouya River
Height 64 m (210 ft)
Length 280 m (919 ft)
Dam volume 250,000 m3 (326,988 cu yd)
Total capacity 730,000,000 m3 (591,821 acre·ft)
Active capacity 690,000,000 m3 (559,392 acre·ft)
Catchment area 49,920 km2 (19,274 sq mi)[1]
Power station
Commission date 1967
Hydraulic head 48 m (157 ft)
Turbines 1 x 23 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 23 MW[2]

The Mohamed V Dam is an arch-gravity dam located 35 km (22 mi) south of Zaio on the Moulouya River in Oujda-Angad Province, Morocco. The primary purpose of the dam is supplying water for the irrigation of 70,000 ha (172,974 acres) downstream. Water is also used for hydroelectric power production and water supply to the city of Nador. The dam is named after Mohammed V of Morocco.[3] The dam's reservoir and wetlands were designated as a Ramsar site in 2005.[4]

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  1. ^ Erosion and sediment yield : global and regional perspectives ; proceedings of an international symposium held at Exeter, UK, from 15 to 19 July 1996. Wallingford: IAHS Press. 1996. p. 493. ISBN 0-947571-89-2. 
  2. ^ "Mohamed V Hydroelectric Power Project Morocco". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mohamed V" (in French). Secretariat D'etat Charge de L'eau et de L'environnement. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Morocco names 20 varied new Ramsar sites". The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2011.