President Felix Houphouet-Boigny officially opened the Kossou Dam on the Bandama River on Saturday, February 13th.
GV & SV Entrance to site of Kossou Dam with signboard (2 shots)
GTV Site of dam
LV Spectators on high river bank, TILT-DOWN TO gap through which river still flows
GV Activity round presidential car
MV Bulldozer waiting, with driver up.
SV President Houphouet-Boigny shakes hands with local dignitaries. engineers etc.
GV Women on bank applaud
GV Bulldozers start to push earth into narrows (2 shots)
SV President watches with official
MV PAN Tipper lorry tips rubble into gap
GV Houphouet-Boigny and official party look on.
GV & MV Bulldozers & tipper working (2 shots)
LV Upstream along the Bandama
GTV People wade into river at shallows
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Background: President Felix Houphouet-Boigny officially opened the Kossou Dam on the Bandama River on Saturday, February 13th. By the time the project is complete in 1973, the Dam will provide the Ivory Coast with 530 million Kilowatt hours of electric power annually and regulate the river for permanent irrigation of vital crops. The project was financed jointly by the United States Export-Import Bank, the Italian Syndicate Impregilo and the Ivorien Government. This film shows the President watching the operation of the first rocks being pushed towards the narrows of the River to seal it off and allow the waters to rise for the Dam. The opening is symbolic--the Dam is not yet ready for use.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday, the Ivory Coast saw the official opening of what is to be one of the major projects to be carried out in the African country: The Kossou Dam on the Bandama River which, when it is completed in 1973, will supply the country with five-hundred and thirty million kilowatt hours of electric power annually.
The official ceremony took place in the presence of President Houphouet-Boigny--here being greeted by officials, watched by crowds along the river bank. The opening was more symbolic than actual--as it concentrated mainly on the pushing of earth and rocks into the river narrows to seal off the waters and make them rise for the Dam--which itself is still to be completed.
The project was co-financed by the United States Export-Import Bank, the Italian Syndicate Impregilo and, of course, the Ivorien Government. When it is completed it will supply not only the electric power for increased industrialisation, but will also regulate the flow permanent irrigation of adjacent lands and their vital crops. Additionally, the lake which will be formed by the Dam is also expected to be used for fish farming and tourist activities.