China International Water and Electric (CWE) has received a $1.38bn worth engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to develop Souapiti hydroelectric project in Guinea.

CWE and Guinean Government will develop the project under public-private partnership (PPP).

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The company plans to complete the total project in around 58 months, which will have a total installed capacity of 450MW and an average annual output of 1.9 billion kWh.

The project will feature a normal pool level of 210m, dam crest elevation of 215.5m, maximum height of RCC dam of 116.5m and axis length of 1148m.

According to CWE, the firm’s second mega hydropower project in the country is deemed as the three gorges project.

"Last October, CWE and the Guinean Government signed a framework agreement on the development of Souapiti hydropower project."

Souapiti is the second hydropower project on the Konkoure river, situated 135km from Guinea capital city Conakry and 6km upstream of the completed Kaleta hydroelectric project.

Once operational, the project will meet power demands in Guinea, as well as supply additional power to neighbouring countries such as Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali.

Last October, CWE and the Guinean Government signed a framework agreement on the development of Souapiti hydropower project.

In December, the government held a ground breaking ceremony for the project.

Image: CWE to build Souapiti hydroelectric project in Guinea. Photo: courtesy of China International Water & Electric Corporation.