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On Saturday May 7, a hydroelectric power plant was inaugurated in Congo by the Congolese head of State, Denis Sassou Nguesso.
With a capacity of 120 megawatts, the power plant at Imboulou, on the river Lefini, was constructed by the Chinese company CMEC and took five years. It will require an investment of 372.5 million dollars.
It is composed of four 30 megawatt turbines and has an output of 876 million kilowatt hours per year, reports the PANA press agency.
The power plant will reduce the country's recurrent electricity shortage, especially in Brazzaville. The city will thus cease to rely for its energy on the Inga dam, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which until now has been supplying the capital with electricity.
The Imboulou dam should also encourage the setting-up of factories and industries in the region which could benefit from this new energy supply, a process which should thus stimulate the economic development of both Brazzaville and of the Congo.
News date: 07/05/2011