Bui Dam was built by Sinohydro, a state-owned Chinese hydropower engineering and construction company. Construction was begun in 2008 and the first turbines became operational in 2013. Here the dam is viewed looking northwest from the newly constructed bridge downstream. Reduced downstream flow of the Black Volta River has exposed the river's rocky bed. Bui Dam site, 18 June, 2016.
The Bui Hydroelectric Dam reduced the Black Volta River's downstream flow, exposing here the rocky river bed that was once home to a braided river channel. Fishing is no longer viable in these downstream areas. Here the river is viewed (looking southeast) from the newly constructed bridge that crosses the Black Volta River, a short distance downstream from the dam. Bui Dam site, 18 June, 2016.