Four countries plan hydro plants on Gambia River

Four countries in West Africa have agreed to build two hydropower stations on the Gambia River, the head of Guinea’s electricity utility said November 22.

Guinea, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia, comprising the Organization for the Development of the River Gambia (OMVG), agreed to advance the 90-MW Sambangalou hydro project in Gambia and the 215-MW Kaleta hydro project in Guinea.

“Our countries have agreed in the framework of the OMVG to build two hydroelectric dams at Sambangalou and Kaleta costing more than 450 million euros (US$579.2 million),” Morlaye Bangoura, director-general of Electricite de Guinee, said.

With partial funding by the African Development Bank, work is to start in April 2007 with the plants operational by 2012, an official project document said.

In 2005, OMVG invited firms to bid to prepare detailed project reports and tender documents for the two hydroelectric projects and transmission links to interconnect them to OMVG member states.

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