Mwadingusha

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Mwadingusha
Mwadingusha is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mwadingusha
Mwadingusha
Coordinates: 10°45′08″S 27°14′07″E / 10.752155°S 27.235365°E / -10.752155; 27.235365Coordinates: 10°45′08″S 27°14′07″E / 10.752155°S 27.235365°E / -10.752155; 27.235365
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
ProvinceKatanga
DistrictHaut Katanga
TerritoryKambove Territory

Mwadingusha is a community in the Kambove Territory of Haut Katanga District in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1]

Hydroelectricity[edit]

The Cornet Falls on the Lufira River had a drop of 113 metres (371 ft) at Mwadingusha. The river was dammed at the falls in 1925 with an 8 metres (26 ft) dyke to form Lake Tshangalele, a reservoir for a hydroelectric generator supplying power for copper smelting in Likasi.[2] The newly formed Société Générale des Forces Hydro-électriques du Katanga (SOGEFOR) undertook construction over a four-year period, with most of the work done by large crews of laborers.[3] The Emil Francqui power station was built to harness the power. It had six turbo-generators, five active at any time, and a generating capacity of 60,000 kilowatts.[4]

Lake[edit]

The dyke was raised in 1934, 1938 and again in 1947 to a final height of 13 metres (43 ft). The resultant shallow lake has an area of over 410 square kilometres (160 sq mi) and supports up to 2,000 fishermen.[2]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). PNUD-SIG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  • "La SOGEFOR" (in French). Yves Ghislain. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  • "Mwadingusha Reservoir". FAO. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  • US Bureau of Foreign Commerce (1954). World trade information service. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.