OMVS and Chinese Sinohydro join forces for the development of the Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam (Guinea)

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The Chinese Sinohydro corporated signed a commercial contract with the Senegal River Development Organization (OMVS) on 26 February 2019 in Conakry for the construction of the Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam, whose future power is estimated at 294 MW.

For the Guinean Minister of energy and hydraulics, Cheik Sylla, who was present at the signing ceremony of this contract, the latter marks a step towards the realization of the objectives. The signing ceremony took place at the hotel Kaloum in Conakry between the High Commissioner of OMVS, Malien Hamed Diane Sémega, and Ding Zhenguo, the Chairman and CEO of the Chinese company Sinohydro, in charge of the work, in the presence of the President Alpha Condé. "An important milestone has been reached", according to Guinean Energy Minister Cheick Taliby Sylla, in financing the project to the tune of 812 million dollars or about 467.5 billion CFA francs by the Chinese Exim Bank for a period of work 4 Years.

The Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam, with a power of 294 megawatts, will be the "most important of all the works made by OMVS since its inception" in March 1972. The sub-regional organisation allows a shared management of the water resources of the Senegal River between its members, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea, where it originates.

"The holding in Conakry of the signing ceremony of the commercial contract of the Koukoutamba hydroelectric development in Guinea is for us a real reason for pride and satisfaction," said the Minister adding that "the objectives that have been assigned to Council of Ministers and the Office of the High Commissioner of the OMVS are being reached. One of the main objectives of this Conference was the construction of the Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam in Guinean territory.

A strategic project

The Koukoutamba project, after its completion, would become the 4th and largest hydroelectric development carried out by the OMVS, after those of Manantali (2002), Félou (2013), and Gouina (under construction).

In the eyes of the actors involved, this is a very strategic project. Sémega pointed out that the project "is part of these strategic works whose vocation is to positively impact the living conditions of the populations as well as the future and development of the whole basin. The Koukoutamba development project was designed to absorb the energy deficit of the Member countries of the organization.

"In addition, development will promote the availability of cheap energy and more respectful of environmental conservation requirements. It will thus be a producible of 888 megawatts that would significantly boost the supply of low-cost energy, he added.

A "strategic" book for the economic development of the region       

The Koukoutamba dam will be built on the Bafing, the main tributary of the Senegal River flowing in Tougué Prefecture, 570 km north of Guinea. This project will require the opening of a paved access road of 150 km and 7 m wide, linking the city centre of Labé (capital of the region) to the site.

It is also planned to construct two 225 kV high-voltage transport lines with a cumulative length of about 600 km which will depart from the future Central station to Conakry and the Manantali Dam, the other OMVS hydroelectric work carried out in Mali Neighbor.

Hamed Diane Sémega evokes a "strategic work that will have a positive impact on the communities" and contributes "essentially to the economic development" of this part of Guinea where the deficit of roads and energy is gargard.

Funding contribution            

The work will last four years and start after the provision of the financing by Exim Bank. This depends on "some administrative adjustments between the lessor and the four lending States [the members of the OMVS, ed.]", says the project coordinator, Bouya Condé, who hopes to start "at the end of the first semester 2019".

"I have to congratulate the Sinohydro company for winning the tender. We hope that it will do so quickly and that it won't wait for Exim Bank funding to start the work, "said Guinean President, welcoming the financing method chosen, considered" innovative ", the engineering procurement construction ( EPCF), or "turnkey construction with funding contribution", according to a communiqué of the Organization for the development of the Senegal River.

Sinohydro won the call for tenders launched in March 2015 to the term "a long, difficult and complex three-year process", recognizes the High Commissioner of OMVS, Hamed Diane Sémega. The other competitor, China Gezhouba group company (CGGC), had been given a win by some foreign media that recall suspicions of corruption to the advantage of Sinohydro.

To be carried out in Guinean territory on the Bafing, the main tributary of the Senegal River, about 570 km northeast of the capital of Guinea, Conakry, the project foresees a hydroelectric dam, high voltage lines of energy transport, a road of 150 km from Labé to the site of the dam, a bridge of 180 m and a city of the contracting authority, said the High Commissioner of OMVS, Hamed Diane Sémega during his intervention at the signing ceremony.

A strategic project

The Koukoutamba project, after its completion, would become the 4th and largest hydroelectric development carried out by the OMVS, after those of Manantali (2002), Félou (2013), and Gouina (under construction).

In the eyes of the actors involved, this is a very strategic project. Sémega pointed out that the project "is part of these strategic works whose vocation is to positively impact the living conditions of the populations as well as the future and development of the whole basin. The Koukoutamba development project was designed to absorb the energy deficit of the Member countries of the organization.

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