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TOURISM, SPORTS, CULTURE & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

Turkwel Dam
The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River about 76 km (47 mi) north of Kapenguria in West Pokot County, Kenya. The dam serves several purposes to include hydroelectric power production, irrigation, tourism and fisheries. It was constructed between 1986 and 1991 by the spie batignolles [French company]. It supports the third largest hydroelectric power plant in the country, having an installed electric capacity of 106 megawatts (142,000 hp).

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Turkwel river which feeds the dam begins from the lush green slopes of Mount Elgon and traverses north Pokot as River suam to the Gorge later channeled through the turbines then released to flow down the Turkana plains joining River Weiwei at Nakwamoru on the Turkana side then empties into the World's largest desert lake, Lake Turkana; also known as the JADE SEA.


Activities:
  • Boat riding
  • Sport fishing
  • Sight seeing
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing mostly crocodiles along the shores of the dam.
  • Team building


The dam has potential for developments on; bungee jumping, Zip-Line, cable car, Hotel establishment/ Resorts etc.

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