China firm to develop 120 MW project in Equatorial Guinea

China’s Sinohydro Corp. has signed a US$257 million contract to build a 120-MW hydroelectric project in Equatorial Guinea.

Sinohydro said the engineering-procurement-construction contract was signed in March in Malabo with officials of the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

The company said the run-of-river diversion project includes a weir, flood discharge and sand gate, left bank water tunnel, surge shaft, pressure pipeline, and powerhouse. The work is to require 42 months.

The tiny west African country has sought to increase electricity supply and reduce the country’s reliance on diesel generators. Its installed electricity capacity includes 3.6 MW from the Riaba hydropower plant; 730 kW from the Musola hydropower plant; and 4.8 MW from a three-unit diesel plant. The government would like to eliminate its need for importing diesel fuel, and instead use local resources, including hydropower and gas.

In addition to improving the electricity system, Equatorial Guinea has sought to establish reforms in the electricity sector that would allow for private investment.

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