Petit Futé's opinion on JUMP-OFF DAM
The start-up of this industrial complex was more or less the talk of the town in the spring of 1994. The event was even reported in metropolitan newspapers. From the outset, the project triggered confrontations between EDF officials on the one hand and nature conservationists and the inhabitants of the town of Sinnamary on the other. Construction took six years (1989-1995), mobilizing 1,000 people at a total cost of 442 million euros. When the dam was impounded, approximately 360 km² of Amazonian forest, where a very abundant fauna lived, was flooded.
Environmentalists were therefore moved by this situation. On the other hand, the inhabitants of Sinnamary expressed their concern about the quality of the river water that feeds the town. The flooding of the forest has caused the decomposition of plant matter, resulting in a form of natural pollution for an undetermined period of time. EDF officials reacted by setting up an oxygenation system for the water, which is supposed to limit pollution, and by organizing a vast scientific operation to save as many animals threatened with drowning as possible. Today, the dam's production covers half of the shoreline's consumption. If spirits seem to have calmed down somewhat since then, history will remember that it was the lack of communication between the various actors involved that triggered the clashes. Today, when the rainy season and the flood season come, people look worriedly in the direction of the dam ...
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Access requiring (theoretically) a prefectoral authorization. For more information, contact the ADSPS in Kourou.