The 2018 Luban Prizes for China’s Construction Projects (Overseas) were announced by the China Construction Industry Association on February 14, 2019. The Kaleta Hydroelectric Project in Guinea undertaken by CWE, a subsidiary of CTG, was awarded the prize.
The Kaleta Hydroelectric Project, known as the “Three Gorges Project in West Africa”, is undertaken by CWE in EPC mode, of which the main subcontractor is Sinohydro Bureau 3. With a total installed capacity of 234.6MW, the project was put into overall operation in August, 2015. Guinean President Conde attended the completion ceremony with his ministers and delivered an important speech. The successful construction and commissioning of the project not only solved the perennial power shortage in Guinea, but also promoted the country’s national grid construction and industry development, providing more job vacancies for the local people. The image of the project has appeared on the 20,000-Guinean Franc banknotes issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
The Shareholder Agreement of the project was signed by and between the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Guinea and CTG at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the afternoon of November 2, 2016, witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Guinean President Conde, in which CTG acquired 51% of the project ownership.
As of January 31, 2019, the Kaleta hydropower station has generated 2.708 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The station was constructed completely according to Chinese technical specifications, and 90% of its electromechanical equipment came from China. During the construction process, a number of new Chinese technologies were adopted and several patented technologies were developed. CTG thus brought advanced management and technology into Guinea and all the constructors created a new chapter of Sino-African cooperation with the spirit of craftsman. The light of the Three Gorges illuminates the West African Water Tower.
The Kaleta project has made great contributions to Guinea's infrastructure construction. The completion of the Kaleta hydropower station has solved the long-standing power shortage in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. The power generated is also provided to the surrounding 11 provinces, greatly alleviating power deficiency in Guinea and promoting the mining industry development. The project has become a successful exemplary energy project on the African continent and was hailed as “a shining pearl in the field of hydropower and energy in West Africa”.
In addition to the Kaleta project, CTG is also cooperating with the Guinean government to invest in the Souapiti Hydroelectric Project in the Konkoure River Basin, of which the installed capacity is 450 MW, twice that of the Kaleta project. The EPC contract for the Souapiti project was signed between the Guinean government and CTG on January 20, 2016. The Souapiti project is now the largest hydropower project undertaken by CTG in Guinea and the turning point of CWE in its development in Africa.
(Translator: Shen Jiejiao, Proofreader: Ma Li)