Gabon's 160-MW Grand Poubara hydroelectric plant enters full operation

Grand Poubara Hydroelectric Project

Four hydro turbines at the Gabonese Republic's 160-MW Grand Poubara hydroelectric plant are now in operation, following the completion of a 72-hour trial run this week.

The Grand Poubara project is being built in two phases, with the activation of the four turbines this week marking the completion of the second. Phase II includes an embankment dam, diversion and power generation system, and transmission and substation system.

The project is located on the Ogooue River about 15 kilometers from Franceville, where it is expected to provide a boost to economic and social development.

The project was built in 56 months under an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis by PowerChina subsidiary Sinohydro Corporation.

Gabon reportedly has 6,000 MW of undeveloped hydro potential. Hydropower provides about 75 percent of the West African nation's electricity.

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