On Monday, Guinea inaugurated a $500 million (ZAR7 billion) hydropower plant with attempts to boost economic growth, which could potentially reduce the number of economic migrants fleeing the country.
The 240MW hydropower plant has already started feeding power into the grid, reducing the need for frequent power outages, reported AFP.
Guinea hydropower dependency
The energy sector has been challenging for the west African country, which has had rolling black outs over the past few months due to drought and an increase in demand.
The dam’s water resources have depleted significantly due to the seasons low rainfall.
President Alpha Conde said: “Without electricity, Africa cannot develop.”
“With electricity, we will industrialise and we will no longer see our children dying in the waters of the Mediterranean because they despair of Africa.”
The hydropower plant, which comprises of three turbine generator units, is located in the Dubreka district, north of the capital Conakry, AFP reported.
Guinea natural resources
The west African region relies on hydropower as its main source of power, which is generated by the Chinese-built 120MW hydropower plant in Djibloho.
Conde said: “We in Guinea have the distinction of being the wellspring of west Africa, but we have no water, no electricity. This is the Guinean paradox that should no longer continue.”
AFP reported that Conde told dignitaries and donors at the inauguration that the plant’s generated power would supply neighbouring countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Senegal.