The Power Supply Shortage in Congo (Brazzaville)
In the morning of May 28, the foundation stone laying ceremony was held in Inga of the northern province of Congo (Brazzaville) for the power transmission and transformation project designed for the Imboulu Hydropower Station of Congo (Brazzaville). This is one of the package deal cooperation projects between China and Congo (Brazzaville). CMEC acts as the general contractor for the project. The first lady and H.E. President Dennis Sassou-Nguesso, senate speaker and several ministers of the Congo government attended the ceremony. H.E. Li Shuli, Chinese Ambassador in Congo (Brazzaville) and Mr. Cai Fangcai, economic and commercial counselor from Chinese Embassy in Congo (Brazzaville) were also present at the ceremony.
Scheduled to be completed in two years, this power transmission and transformation project is the largest project under construction in Congo (Brazzaville). The project site spreads 600 km from the north to the south and 200 km from the east to the west. The scope of the project includes the construction of 780 km of 220 kV transmission lines, 91 km of 110 kV transmission lines and 350 km of 30 kV and 20 kV transmission lines as well as 5 x 220 kV substations, 3 x 110 kV substations, 17 x 30 kV substations and one national electric power dispatching center. After its completion, the current power supply in Congo (Brazzaville) will be increased by five folds, with this large power grid helping transmit and distribute from the backbone power plants to the power network of Congo (Brazzaville). This will fundamentally solve the domestic power supply shortage in Congo (Brazzaville).