GIVE ME A DAMN DAM / Et 1, et 2, et 3 barrages!

AFTER 3 years of hard work, 3 years of blood, sweat and tears, we have finally reached our goal… the dam of kaleta !

It is in guinea , in the sector of kaleta . It is the biggest (for now !) dam of guinea. It is long and it holds 23 million of cubic meters of water and it can produce 240 megawatts at its maximum capacity.

the dam of Kaleta / le barrage de Kaleta

The dam of Kaleta is located in the sector of Kaleta. It was a project that was waited for a very long time and it finally came true ! Not only does it give electricity but it decreases our use of generators, so it means less pollution !  It is a hydroelectric water tank dam. It cost 446 million dollars ! « never a dam of this capacity had been made in such time » has affirmed the minister of energy and hydraulics who added that « 2500 young Guineans and 850 Chinese worked together on this project ».

The dam of Kaleta is related to the Souapiti dam which is still in construction. This dam will create an artificial lake, a huge water tank. Its plant will produce 450 megawatts and the dam will enable Kaleta to operate at its full capacity all year long.

To illustrate the potential of Souapiti, we can compare it to the dam of Serre-ponçon. They both have the same functions like the production of hydroelectricity or tanking water.

the dam of Serre Ponçon / barrage de Serre Ponçon

But the dam of Serre-Ponçon has one function that the dam of Souapiti has not yet : agricultural irrigation. But we’ll get there ! This would be very helpful in Guinea because there are a lot of fields of exotic fruits and vegetables. It is very important to develop the agriculture and the natural potential of Guinea because it is not enough exploited. With the construction of the artificial lake, they could also install a new touristic site so that the country of Guinea would be more popular in West Africa. Also with the creation of the artificial lake, the possibility of pisiculture would be great.

Now, the Thames barrier is the second biggest barrier against  water floods; it is in London, on the Thames. Contrary to kaleta, it doesn’t produce electricity: it fights water floods.

The barrier is located in Wool Wich in London it is 520 meters long and has 10 portals made out of steel. Thanks to this dam, London has escaped many floods. It also protects the city from very high tides and storms.

The Thames barrier / la barrière de la Tamise

Thames barrier

The dam of Kaleta is just a first step but when Souapiti will be done the Country of Guinea will be unstoppable !

Abstract / Résumé :


Le barrage de kaleta est un barrage qui est situé en Guinée. C’est un barrage Hydroélectrique qui produit 240 mégawatts et a couté 446 millions de dollars. Il est relié au barrage Souapiti qui est toujours en construction et qui créera un lac artificiel et une énorme retenue d’eau. Il produira 450 mégawatts et pourra alimenter le barrage de kaleta à ca capacité maximum. Dans cette article nous avons comparé le barrage de Kaleta au barrage de Serre-Ponçon et au barrage de la Tamise ; En comparant, nous avons aussi proposé des idées de développement de la guinée.

Thank you for your attention.

Written By / Écrit par

Karen ,Anna-belle, Sarah.