- Title: KENYA: PRESIDENT MOI OPENS MASINGA DAM.
- Date: 4th December 1981
- Summary: MASINGA, KENYA 2 DECEMBER, 1981 (REUTERS - DUNCAN WILLETTS) GV & CU Kenyan flags on waterfront. (2 SHOTS) 0.08 GV PAN Lake behind dam. 0.14 (MUTE) SV President Moi meeting project workers. (2 SHOTS) 0.26 SV Traditional dancers/singers welcoming President. 0.39 SV ZOOM President Moi acknowledging dancers by raising baton. 0.45 SV Dancers. 0.50 SV People looking on as dancers perform. (2 SHOTS) 1.07 SV President prepares to open dam by pulling switch. 1.17 GV People looking on as President pulls switch. (2 SHOTS) 1.30 GV PAN Lake and dam. 1.47 SV Turbine house and surrounding fields. 1.50 GV Intake gates, people on it. 1.55 GV Electrical generator PAN TO pylons across country. 2.04 InitialsJS Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th December 1981 12:00
- Location: Kenya, Kenya
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Economy,Energy
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- Story Text: INTRODUCTION: In Kenya, on Wednesday (2 December) the Masinga dam was officially opened by the country's President, Daniel Arap Moi.The dam, a joint project between Kenya and a number of West European countries has created East Africa's biggest man-made lake and marks the start of a number of large-scale irrigation and settlement projects.The dam itself also incorporates a hydro-electric station.
SYNOPSIS: The Masinga dam lies on the Tana river northeast of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.The dam which has been build will make it possible to control the Tana river - the country's longest waterway.
President Moi, came to meet the workers and open the dam which was built at a cost of 100 million dollars by Kenya, Britain, West Germany and the European Community.The Kenyan leader received the traditional welcome from a local troupe of dancers and singers.The dam is one of a series of hydro-electric installations along the Tana.Last year, Kenya suffered severe electricity shortages but the dam is expected to solve the problems by providing enough water for all the power stations.
Large-scale irrigation and settlement projects are being developed along the 100 kilometre river, and the hydro-electric station of Masinga produces 40 megawatts of power.The new reservoir also supplies water to Nairobi and nearby towns.The assembled crowd watched as President Mai prepared to open the dam.They have much to gain from the opening.At present, heavy-flooding affects the Tana river area during the rainy season, while in dry seasons the river gets very low.
Kenya is looking hard at alternative energy sources.The country has almost unlimited sun.More than 50 non-government organisation are working on renewable energy sources at every level.And last August, Kenya hosted a United Nations conference on new and renewable sources of energy.Masinga is just the beginning in Kenya's scheme.Another dam on the Katze river will be more than twice as big and provide a major source of power.
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