A Guied To Kamburu Dam

Kamburu Dam is the result of a man-made lake, with Tana river as its water source. It is one of the oldest dams in the country and hosts the 2nd major power station in independent Kenya after Kindaruma station. The also dam supports marine life for fish, hippos and crocodiles.

The Kamburu Dam is a rock-filled embankment dam on the Tana River in Kenya. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 93 MW power station. Construction on the dam began in 1971 and it was completed in 1975. The power station was commissioned the same year. US$23 million of the US$47 million project cost was provided by the World Bank. The power station is operated by Kenya Electricity Generating Company and is part of the Seven Forks Scheme.

Kamburu Dam
Kamburu Dam

The 52 m (171 ft) tall dam creates a reservoir with a storage capacity of 123,000,000 m3 (100,000 acre·ft). The power station is located underground just below the left toe and contains three 31 MW Francis turbine-generators. The difference in elevation between the reservoir and power station affords a net hydraulic head of 82 m (269 ft). Water discharged from the power station travels down a 3,040 m (9,970 ft) long tailrace tunnel before reaching the Tana at Gitaru Reservoir.

Kamburu Dam Location

The Kamburu plant site is about 16Okm from Nairobi and about 50km from Embu town. It straddles the border of Embu and Machakos Counties in Eastern Province.

A Map to Kamburu Dam

Kamburu power station

Kamburu power station is the second major power station in independent Kenya after Kindaruma. It was commissioned in 1974. It has three installed vertical turbines. The spillway has three radial gates and one flap gate.

Full feasibility studies were started in mid 19605 and they confirmed the viability of an upper reservoir for the Seven Forks cascade hydro-power complex with a potential of about 11 power plants namely Masinga, Kamburu, Gitaru, Kindaruma, Kiambere,Karura, Mutonga, Low Grand Falls, Usheni, Adamsons Falls and Kora.

Kamburu Dam Contacts

Attraction Type: Scenery & Landscapes
Category: Waterfalls
Region: Mt. Kenya
City / Town: Mwea
Road / Street: Embu Siakago Road
Telephone: 254 20 366 6000
Website: http://www.kengen.co.ke/index.php?page=business&su
Entrance Fee: No