Akosombo Dam


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Akosombo Dam,

Ghana: see VoltaVolta
, river, c.290 mi (470 km) long, formed in central Ghana, W Africa, by the confluence of the Black Volta (or Mouhon, c.840 mi/1,350 km long) and the White Volta (or Nakambe, c.450 mi/720 km long), both of which rise in Burkina Faso.
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Members of the Cabinet have all travelled to the Akosombo Dam and they and their civil servants have taken all the cars .
The water shortages stalled turbines at Akosombo Dam exacerbated the generation of electricity internally.
Well, almost 60 years ago, Kwame Nkrumah built the Akosombo Dam.
Faced with a severe electricity shortage in 2007 due to low rainfall accumulation upstream from the Akosombo Dam, the Republic of Ghana decided to encourage widespread replacement of incandescent light bulbs with CFLs to reduce electricity demand.
The OECD mentions that industrial growth improved significantly in 2006--another quite positive development--but growth in the industrial sector, and hence higher paying jobs and improved consumer spending, is likely to be truncated by problems in the production in electricity at the Akosombo Dam on the Volta River.
Late in the evening, we boarded the boat just upstream of Akosombo dam, which forms Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world.
Construction of the Akosombo Dam on the Volta River in Ghana occasioned a large archaeological research effort as part of the Volta Basin Research Project (Posnansky 2000), resulting in the location of large numbers of sites dating from the Middle Stone Age to recent times and excavations on over 50 of the sites found.
1965 Volta Reservoir, the world's largest, starts filling behind Akosombo Dam, flooding 4 percent of Ghana and displacing 84,000 people.
These include the Akosombo Dam in Ghana; the Kainji Dam in Nigeria; and several dams in Central Asia built on rivers that flow into the Aral Sea.
Of late, the water levels at the Akosombo dam have recently begun to rise, which is a positive development.
The financial resources needed to invest in such critical areas of the economy as energy and infrastructure were thus in short supply leading to the continuous reliance on the Akosombo Dam to feed the energy needs of the country.
Later the American and British governments lent the project [pounds sterling]35m or so to add to Ghana's own funds to build the main Akosombo Dam.