The Chinese-built Soubre hydroelectric power station is a 4.5 kilometre-long hydro power dam and stands at the Naoua Falls on the Sassandra River. With an installed capacity of 275 megawatts (MW), the station is believed to bring an increase to the Cote d’Ivoire’s hydro power output, and to help cement the country’s status as a key power producer and supplier in West Africa.
Launched in 2013 with the help of funding from China, the Soubre project is an ambitious plan to help modernise the Cote d’Ivoire’s energy industry.
One of Soubre’s four total generator units started generating electricity this May, about eight months ahead of schedule, according to the builder Sinohydro Corporation Limited, which is under PowerChina.
“The Government of Cote d’Ivoire is very satisfied with the quality and speed of the construction of the Soubre hydroelectric dam,” Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire, said at the inauguration ceremony held in front of the dam.
The president said Cote d’Ivoire is willing to have more cooperation with China.
Hailing it as “one of the landmark achievements of cooperation between China and [the] Cote d’Ivoire,” Wang Jun, Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire, noted in his speech that the hydro station has helped deepen the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, especially in the areas of energy and hydroelectricity – reports Xinhua.
The cost of the Soubre project is about $572 million, and 85% of that figure is financed by the Export-Import Bank of China and 15% by Cote d’Ivoire.