Brokopondo Reservoir

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History of Brokopondo

The Brokopondo dam and reservoir was built between 1961 and 1964.    The dam was constructed in order to provide electricity for a bauxite processing plant.   About 75% of the dam's electricity was used to power  refining operations and the remaining portion was used to power Suriname's capital city, Paramaribo.

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Reclaiming timber from the RESERVOIR

As a cost reducing measure, the trees of the area were not cut before flooding the reservoir.   Today DMG Hardwoods is cooperating in the salvage effort to reclaim the sunken forest.