Bin el Ouidane Dam

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Bin el Ouidane Dam
Barrage Bin el Ouidane 1.JPG
Upstream face and crest of the dam
Bin el Ouidane Dam is located in Morocco
Bin el Ouidane Dam
Location of Bin el Ouidane Dam in Morocco
Official name Barrage Bin el Ouidane
Country Morocco
Location Beni Mellal
Coordinates 32°06′24″N 06°27′49″W / 32.10667°N 6.46361°W / 32.10667; -6.46361Coordinates: 32°06′24″N 06°27′49″W / 32.10667°N 6.46361°W / 32.10667; -6.46361
Status Operational
Construction began 1949
Opening date 1953
Owner(s) Office National de L'Electricite (ONE)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch
Impounds El Abid River
Height 133 m (436 ft)
Length 290 m (950 ft)
Dam volume 365,000 m3 (12,900,000 cu ft)
Total capacity 1,500×10^6 m3 (1,200,000 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area 6,400 km2 (2,500 sq mi)
Power Station
Commission date 1953
Turbines 3 x 45 MW (60,000 hp)
Installed capacity 135 MW (181,000 hp)[1]
Annual generation 287 GWh (1,030 TJ)

The Bin el Ouidane Dam is an arch dam located 28 kilometres (17 mi) south of Beni Mellal on the El Abid River in Azilal Province, Morocco. Designed by Coyne et Bellier and constructed between 1949 and 1953, the purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and irrigation. Its 135 MW (181,000 hp) power station produces an average of 287 gigawatt-hours (1,030 TJ) annually and water from the reservoir helps irrigate 69,500 hectares (172,000 acres) in the Beni Moussa and Tadla plains.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bin El Ouidane Hydroelectric Power Plant Morocco". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bin el Ouidane" (in French). Secretariat D'etat Charge de L'eau et de L'environnement. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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