Progress on construction of the Itezhitezhi dam on the Kafue river has led the Zambian government to believe that the target date for completion will be met.
GV Lake near Kafue river, Zambia.
GV PAN ACROSS TO first inlet tunnel.
LV ZOOM IN Across the Kafue river to first inlet tunnel.
LV Spillway of dam from top.
LV Spillway from below.
LV Crane manoeuvring
GV Lake and scarred surrounding area.
GV PAN Evidence of construction work on landscape.
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Background: Progress on construction of the Itezhitezhi dam on the Kafue river has led the Zambian government to believe that the target date for completion will be met. The government hopes that the dam will be ready for use before the end of 1978.
SYNOPSIS: Preparatory work on the dam began almost ten years ago, but it was not until 1973 that actual construction started. The project is being carried out with part of a loan granted to the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation by the World Bank. When completed, it will provide the Corporation with two extra units in the Kafue gorge power station. At present, the cost of the project is estimated at 40 million kwacha (GBP million sterling), but the consulting engineers feel that the final figure will be higher. With construction work already more than half completed, the engineers are confident that the job could be finished within the next two years. The dam will be more than a mile (1.6 kms) long and 200 feet (65 metres) high. According to the chief surveyor, it is of a rockfall construction -- a method chosen for both economic and geological reasons.