Wolwedans Dam (Mossel Bay Municipality)

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Wolwedans Dam is a concrete dam in South Africa located on the Great Brak River near Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. The dam is the main source of water for the municipality of Mossel Bay as well as the gas-to-liquids refinery PetroSA. 

Completed in early 1990, it was the first in the world single center arch-gravity dam made of roller-compacted concrete fully relaying on three-dimensional arch action for stability. The 70-m high dam has a vertical upstream face and a stepped downstream face at a slope of 0.5:1 (H:V). It has a constant extrados radius of 135 m and a crest length of 268 m. The non-overflow crest is 5 m wide. The dam was built of 0.25 m thick roller-compacted concrete layers with induced joints at 10 m spacing and de-bounding every 4th layer. The RCC of approximately 200,000 m3 (260,000 cu yd) was placed in October and November 1988 and between May and November of 1989. The induced joints were grouted in winter, between July and November 1993. The reservoir was filled to capacity in 1992.


Western Cape, Mossel Bay. GPS: -34.0122986, 22.2164001


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