The Imboulou hydro
power station in
Congo Brazzaville
 
Brazzaville, Congo — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 09 May 2011 – The oil-producing central African state of Congo Republic has inaugurated a 120MW, Chinese-funded hydro-electric power station aimed at bridging the gap in its energy needs.

The US$377 million Imboulou plant, 150 km north of the capital, is 85%-funded with soft loans by China and was built by China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corporation (CMEC). Terms of the financing have not been released.

Energy Minister Bruno Jean Richard Itoua said the plant, which was due to produce 876 million kilowatt-hours a year, would allow Congo Republic to wean itself off energy imports from its larger neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo Republic consumed around 470 million kWh of energy in 2007 compared to domestic production capacity of 400 million, according to the CIA World Fact Book.