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China's Gezhouba Group will build two dams totalling 331 MW in Congo

25 May 2022

The Congolese government has signed an agreement with a consortium of Energaz, a local company, and the Chinese state-owned construction and engineering corporation Gezhouba Group (CGGC), to build the 230 MW Morala and 101 MW Nyanga hydropower projects in the south of the country, with a combined capacity of 331 MW. In addition, the two companies will rehabilitate a 19 MW Liouesso hydropower plant, commissioned in 2017. Hydropower accounts for 28% of Congo's installed capacity with 214 MW (2020). 

In May 2021, Cameroon and Congo selected CGGC to build the 600 MW Chollet hydropower project and associated transmission lines under a BOT (build-operate-transfer) contract. The binational project was endorsed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2010 and will be located on the Ngoko river, about 126 km from the town of Moloundou (East Cameroon) and 70 km upstream from the locality of Ngbala (North-West Congo). The hydropower plant is estimated to cost US$700m and should be commissioned in 2025.

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