Kossou Dam

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Kossou Dam
Kossou dam view from the lake.JPG
Kossou Dam is located in Ivory Coast
Kossou Dam
Location of Kossou Dam in Ivory Coast
CountryIvory Coast
Coordinates7°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
Opening date1972; 47 years ago (1972)
Owner(s)Ministry of Economy
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment, earth and rock-fill
ImpoundsBandama River
Height58 m (190 ft)
Length1,500 m (4,900 ft)
CreatesLake Kossou
Total capacity27,675×10^6 m3 (22,436,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface area178 km2 (69 sq mi)
Commission date1972-1973
Turbines3 x 58 MW (78,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity174 MW (233,000 hp)
Kossou dam power plant

The Kossou Dam is an embankment dam the Bandama River about 32 kilometres (20 mi) northwest of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire. It has a power generating capacity of 174 megawatts (233,000 hp), enough to power over 118,000 homes. The dam impounds the largest lake in Côte d'Ivoire, Lake Kossou.[1][2][3]

Kossou dam


  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.