Congo Republic restores 74-MW Moukoukoulou

Congo Republic (CR) has recommissioned the 74-MW Moukoukoulou hydroelectric project on the Bouenza River.

The United Nations’ Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) reported CR President Denis Sassou Nguesso visited Moukoukoulou in the first week of May during a tour of Bouenza District.

Nguesso said all four turbine-generators were rehabilitated as part of a program to restore damage of the 1999 civil war. Only 25 MW had been operational due to damage to the plant, which was built in 1974 by Chinese technicians.

The government’s Societe Nationale d’Energie said rehabilitation of the plant cost 6 billion CFA francs (US$12 million). It said work on transformers is to be completed by October.

The most important hydro project in the country, Moukoukoulou provides power to southern and southwestern CR, including the city of Pointe Noire. However, incomplete repairs to the transmission system prevent its power from reaching the capital of Brazzaville. As a result, CR has been importing power from the 1,774-MW Inga 1 and 2 hydro complex in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. (HNN 4/16/07)

A consortium of Chinese companies began construction in 2003 on the 120-MW Imboulou hydroelectric project on the Lefini River, 14 kilometers upstream from the Congo River in CR. (HNN 10/12/06) With funding from China, Imboulou is to go on line in 2009.

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