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Lake Sélingué, Mali

February 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Selingue Dam, Mali - January 27th, 2009

Selingue Dam, Mali - January 27th, 2009

The Sélingué Dam is a single purpose hydroelectric dam located in the Koulikoro Region, on the Sankarani River, one of the affluents of the Niger River.

Its retaining basin forms the 409 km² artificial Lake Sélingué, which allows agriculture on the irrigated perimeters, managed by the Office of Rural Development of Sélingué, as well as fishing (fish available in Bamako, a city about 40km downstream of where the Niger and the Sankarani intersect, comes mainly from Lake Sélingué).

Lake Sélingué is the dark blue body of water towards the center. The Niger River is the long, thick greenish-tan line to the left, while the Sankarani can be identified as a thinner line connecting the Niger and Lake Selingue.

The dam is the second most important center of energy production of Mali. With a total power of 44 megawatts, the dam has an energy output of 200 million kilowatt-hours per year.  It was brought into service in 1980, and renovated between 1996 and 2001.

source Wikipedia

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