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Guinea's Largest Dam is in the Works

Chinese and Guinean workers are building the country's largest dam on the Konkouré River in order to improve the supply of water to the capital Conakry and the surrounding area. Over one kilometer long, the dam will have a capacity of 240 MW, or one fifth that of a nuclear reactor. Like all major hydropower projects, the Kaleta dam involved the displacement of several communities. Although they will no longer have access to the river, they hope to derive economic benefits from the project, which constitutes the first step toward greater energy independence for the country.