Bandak

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Bandak
195. Thelemarken, Udsigt over Bandaksvand fra den nye Vei - NB bldsa AL0195.jpg
Bandak lake about 1890 (photo: Axel Lindahl)
Location Kviteseid, Tokke (Telemark)
Coordinates 59°23′53″N 08°18′23″E / 59.39806°N 8.30639°E / 59.39806; 8.30639Coordinates: 59°23′53″N 08°18′23″E / 59.39806°N 8.30639°E / 59.39806; 8.30639
Primary inflows Tokke
Primary outflows Straumane
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 27 km (17 mi)
Surface area 26.40 km2 (10.19 sq mi)
Max. depth 325 m (1,066 ft)
Water volume 3.17 km3 (2,570,000 acre·ft)
Shore length1 60.16 km (37.38 mi)
Surface elevation 72 m (236 ft)
References NVE[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Bandak is a lake in the municipalities of Kviteseid and Tokke in Telemark county, Norway. The lake, which is part of the Telemark Canal route, belongs to the Skien watershed. The river Tokke flows into the lake, and the outlet is via the river Straumane, to Kviteseidvatn.[2] Average depth is 121 meter or about 50 meters below sea level. The lake is 2 km at the widest. The cathcment area is 2556 km2.[3]

The Tokke Hydroelectric Power Station utilizes the hydraulic head from Lake Vinje to Lake Bandak of ~394 meters to generate electricity. It is one of northern Europe's largest power plants with a production of some 440,000 kilowatts.

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