23 May 2013 – The Sudan government is determined to go ahead with the construction of the Kajbar hydroelectric project on the River Nile. The project will generate some 360 MW and will require the relocation of 12 villages on the river’s banks.

The project is seen as important in facilitating heavy industrial activity in the area. However, the Chinese financed project has come up against strong opposition from the residents of the region.

The government of Sudan is to undertake an open dialog with those opposed to the project, and urges the country’s citizens to understand the economic benefits of the hydroelectric scheme. The implementation of the Kajbar project will start only after the process of compensation and resettlement is completed.