China firm to help promote Gabon’s 320-MW Bubaha

Chinese hydro officials say they have agreed to help the government of Gabon develop the 320-MW Bubaha hydroelectric project on Gabon’s Ogooue River.

General Manager Fan Jixiang of SinoHydro Corp. met May 20 with a delegation led by Gabon Vice Premier Jean Ping. SinoHydro said the parties discussed the hydro project and indicated they would take positive measures to promote the construction of Bubaha soon.

To be built in Ogooue Province, Bubaha is to form a reservoir of 2.1 billion cubic meters and supply power to Gabon capital Libreville and nine provinces.

Hydropower provides about 75 percent of Gabon’s electricity. Major plants are 69-MW Tchimbele and 58-MW Kinguele on the M’Bei River. Gabon reportedly has 6,000 MW of undeveloped hydro potential.

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