China has contributed to narrowing Africa's power deficit through a number of projects across the continent. In 2017, Chinese firms built or were in the process of building a number of hydro-power plants in Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

When all the projects are completed, they are expected to create nearly 3 700 MW of electricity for the continent. According to China’s state media agency Xinhua, the construction of all these projects has created tens of thousands of jobs for local workers.

Six of these Chinese-constructed hydro-power plants, already commissioned, or still under construction in 2017 include:

Cote dIvoireSoubre hydroelectric power station, Cote d'Ivoire

Soubre hydroelectric power station, the largest of its kind in the West African country.

The project has a total installed capacity of 275 MW.



ZimbabweKariba South Expansion Project, Zimbabwe

Work on Kariba South Expansion Project by Sinohydro, a Chinese power engineering and construction company, is now 85% complete, with the first unit becoming operational in December 2017. The second unit will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018, adding another 300MW into the national grid. 

UgandaIsimba Power Plant Project, Uganda

Chinese engineers and their local counterparts are constructing a multi-million U.S. dollar power plant on the bank of the Nile in the remote Kayunga district.

The plant has an installed capacity of 183MW. 


Uganda 2Karuma Hydro Power Project, Uganda

The $1.4-billion power plant along the Nile in northern Uganda is being financed by the Chinese government and is the first underground power plant in the East African region.

When completed, the plant is expected to provide over 600MW of electricity. 


DR CongoZongo II hydro-power plant, DR Congo

The Zongo II hydro-power plant is being constructed by Chinese firm Sinohydro with financing from the Export-Import Bank of China.

The project, when finished, will add 150MW of electricity to the country.



AngolaCaculo Cabaca Hydropower Project, Angola

Former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (front) inaugurated the construction of the Caculo Cabaca Hydropower Project in Dondo, Angola on Aug. 4, 2017. Located at the North Kwanza province, the hydropower project will be constructed by China Gezhouba Group. The project has a total contractual value of $4.5-billion and has a planned installed capacity of 2 172MW. The project will be completed within 80 months, and during the peak construction period nearly 10 000 jobs are expected to be provided for the locals.

Credit: Xinhua


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