Gouina Falls

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Coordinates: 14°0′54″N 11°6′09″W / 14.01500°N 11.10250°W / 14.01500; -11.10250 The Gouina Falls or Chutes de Gouina are on the Sénégal River in Mali between the towns of Bafoulabé (upstream) and Diamou (downstream) in the Kayes Region, where the river runs north from the Talari Gorges. They have been called the "Niagara falls of Mali".[1] The river is about 500 m wide at this point, and drops 16 m over the falls. The volume of water is 12-13  m3 per second in the dry season, and up to 2430 m3 in the rainy season.[2]

The government of Mali and Senegal River Basin Development Authority has investigated the possibility of developing the electric power potential of the Senegal River.[3] Downstream on the Félou Falls, a new Félou Hydroelectric Plant was completed in 2014. On Gouina Falls, construction of the 140 MW Gouina Hydroelectric Plant began in December 2013. It is expected to be complete in 2017.[4][5]


  1. ^ Geels, Jolijn (2004). Mali: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 268. ISBN 1841620777.
  2. ^ "Chutes du Gouina - Fleuve Sénégal, récit de voyage au Mali". Bourlingueurs.com. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  3. ^ "Mali: Electrical Power - Overview". MBendi. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  4. ^ Oumar, Jemal (19 December 2013). "Mauritania warms up to Mali". Magharebia. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Mali's Felou hydroelectric dam to be inaugurated by 4 presidents". Xinhua. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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