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
Country Ivory Coast
Location Yamoussoukro
Coordinates 7°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
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Opening date 1972; 45 years ago (1972)
Owner(s) Ministry of Economy
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth and rock-fill
Impounds Bandama River
Height 58 m (190 ft)
Length 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Creates Lake Kossou
Total capacity 27,675×10^6 m3 (22,436,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 178 km2 (69 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date 1972-1973
Turbines 3 x 58 MW (78,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity 174 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.