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Water level in Akosombo Dam nearing minimum level

"Ghana’s Akosombo Dam, which generates 1,020Megawatts of energy in the West African country, may soon shutdown due to low water levels."

Source: starrfmonline.com

Posted on : Thu 14 Aug 2014

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Ghana’s Akosombo Dam, which generates 1,020Megawatts of energy in the West African country, may soon shutdown due to low water levels.

The Dam, sited in the Volta Lake – the World's largest man-made lake – currently has a water level of 244 feet, just 4 feet above the minimum operating level of 240 feet, a situation, which could force a shutdown.

Kirk Coffie, Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority, Ghana’s state power producer, described the situation as dire, to Joy FM.

This is not the first time water levels in the Dam have fallen to such levels or even worse.

Similar circumstances compelled operators of the Dam to generate power at 235 feet below the minimum level in 2007. In March 1966, the same Dam operated at 234.60 feet for about three months to as low as 234.0 feet on June 8, 1966 when it reached the lowest ever levels with the units.

A shutdown of the Akosombo Hydro Power Generating Station risks plunging the country into a power crisis since Ghana gets 55% of its power from hydro sources and 44.4% from thermal.

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