CWE breaks ground on Guinea’s 550-MW Souapiti hydropower project

The China International Water & Electric Corp. has broken ground on the 550-MW Souapiti hydropower project in Guinea.

The US$1.5 billion project will be located on the Konkoure River and will nearly double the country’s power supply when complete.

“This project will allow Guinea to be an energy exporter,” Minister of Energy Cheick Taliby Sylla said during a groundbreaking ceremony this past week.

HydroWorld.com reported in September that the energy ministry was courting China International Water & Electric (CWE) following the Chinese company’s involvement in building Guinea’s 240-MW Kaleta plant.

Studies of Souapiti were performed dating back to 1999, and in 2015 the West African Power Pool sought consultants to update a feasibility study and determine the best technical option for development.

Guinea is estimated as having one of the larger hydroelectric power potentials in West Africa, with a capacity of around 6,000 MW yet to be developed.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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