Construction of Kaleta hydroelectric power station in Guinea launched

April 5, 2012 9:11 pm 

CONAKRY, April 5 — The Guinean government and its Chinese partners launched Thursday the construction of Kaleta hydroelectric power station in Dubreka district, 150 km north-west of Guinean capital Conakry.

Speaking during the ceremony, the director general of China Three Gorges Corporation which is charged with the task of completing this power project, said he was happy to lead the team that is working on the project that represents Guinea's "three gorges."

He said the kick-off of the exercise to construct the hydroelectric power station has an important significance because on one hand, it will allow for the supply of electricity to the population, but on the other hand, it will lead to the development of river Konkoure, something that will result into accelerated development in Guinea's social and economic domains.

The director of China Three Gorges Corporation recalled that since 1964, China International Water and Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of his company, constructed Kinkon and Tinkisso hydroelectric power stations, thanks to the grant of the Chinese government to her friends and brothers in Guinea.

"China and Guinea have a long history in the area of cooperation in technical and hydroelectric technological exchanges, " the director said.

Chinese ambassador to Guinea Zhao Lixing said that the completion of this project will add 240 MW to the national grid and help end the recurrent power black-outs.

The ambassador said that the launch of the construction work of Kaleta hydroelectric power station symbolizes a new era of the bilateral cooperation between China and Guinea.

Guinea's Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofanah who spoke on behalf of the Guinean people and the government of president Alpha Conde, expressed his gratitude to the Chinese for the completion of several infrastructural projects including the Kaleta dam which was a real challenge for the Guinean government.

He said that the completion of this project will place Guinea on a new path of socioeconomic development.

The official signing of the agreement for the construction of Kaleta hydroelectric power station between the Guinean government and her Chinese partners took place on Aug. 3, 2011 for a total cost of 450 million U.S. dollars out of which, Guinea was to contribute 111 million dollars.

The project will also result into the creation of 2,000 direct and indirect jobs for the local people. (PNA/Xinhua)

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