Chinese company builds Nigeria’s largest dam

4 April 2007

Beijing, China, 4 April – Chinese company Gezhouba Group, the main construction company involved in building the Three Gorges dam, the world’s largest, along the Yangtze river, has won a contract to build the largest hydroelectric dam in Nigeria, the Chinese state press reported Tuesday.

The dam will be located on the Mambilla plateau in eastern Nigeria and will have a capacity of 2,600 megawatts and be the largest to be built in Africa by a Chinese company, according to a statement from the Gezhouba Group, which is headquartered in Yichang, in the central Chinese province of Hubei.

The project has an expected cost of US$1.46 billion, the statement said.

Construction of the dam will take six years and nine months and is part of a US$2.5 billion investment by the Nigerian government in creating a network of National Integrated Power Plants to boost its electricity production and distribution infrastructure.

China’s cooperation with Africa began in the 1970s and the country has increased its presence on the continent since then, buying an increasing amount of natural resources from Africa and supplying an increasing amount of funding for development, mainly spent on developing infrastructure that is built by Chinese companies. (macauhub)

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