November 05, 2010
The government of the Republic of Congo will on Wednesday receive the Imboulou hydroelectric power station, which was constructed by Chinese technicians, public works officials told Xinhua in Brazzaville on Thursday.
The information was released after the head of Republic of Congo's public works department, Jean Jacques Bouya, was sent to the site to evaluate the work.
Bouya told a press conference that the Imboulou hydroelectric power station has been functional for the last four months, supplying 60 megawatts to the capital Brazzaville.
The station, which was launched on Sept. 23, 2003, was built by China Machinery and Equipment Company (CMEC).
The project involves 2,000 Congolese, 400 Chinese and 20 German nationals from the Fichtner Engineering Council. The Chinese ambassador in the Republic of Congo, Li Shuli, hailed the cooperation as "the most important" under the Sino-Congolese cooperation.
The project of an estimated 280 million U.S. dollars was 85 percent funded by China and 15 percent by the Republic of Congo.
This hydroelectric power station with the capacity of 120 megawatts is one of the strategic partnership projects between the two countries launched in Brazzaville in 2006.
The dam will help ease the energy deficit that had made Brazzaville import 50 megawatts from the Inga dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).