Souapiti, THE big dam/ LE grand barrage

Rejoice men of Guinea ! Soon you will be able to watch a classico without being interrupted by a power cut ! What is going to make this miracle possible ?

The dam of Souapiti will create an artificial lake of 6.3 billions of m3. Its construction will be completed in 2020.

Needs in electricity in Guinea today are equivalent to 240 MW on average and 270 MW during peak hours on the interconnected network. For the moment the dam of Kaleta can produce 100 to 240 MW. Souapiti will provide an extra 450 MW, and will allow Kaleta to be supplied by a regular flow of water, thus to work at full capacity.

The location of the future dam of Souapiti / site du futur barrage de Souapiti

The  dam of Souapiti is being built by a Chinese society CWE (the China international water and electricity company) and the works  will cost 1,400,000,000$. 15% will be paid by the Guinean state and the rest will be borrowed from a Chinese bank (Exim bank). The dam of Souapiti is under construction on the river of the Konkoure.

One difficulty encountered in the construction of the dam of Souapiti was the removal of people. To relocate these people, two new villages have been created with brand new housing, electricity for 1500 people. The relocation of people took place peacefully.

The village of the workers, very similar to the new villages / Le village des travailleurs, très similaire aux nouveaux villages

Guinea will possibly sell 30% of the production of Souapiti to neighboring countries or Guinea will sell 165 MW,  to Senegal (20%), Guinea Bissau (6%), and Gambia (4%). Which could represent  2 to 10 millions Euros a year.

Souapiti will solve the electricity problem in Guinea… If the barrage is correctly kept the daily life of Guineans will be way better and easier.

Even the government will have benefits in it, Souapiti will be a major source of revenue for Guinea’s economy.

Abstract / Résumé :

Le barrage de Souapiti est en construction par la société chinoise CWE pour combler le manque d’électricité en Guinée. Le barrage de Souapiti entrainera la création d’un  lac artificiel de 6 milliards m3. Il sera achevé en 2020. Le barrage de Souapiti est en construction sur la rivière du Konkouré.  Il fournira à la Guinée 450 MW et il permettra au barrage de Kaleta situé en aval de produire davantage d’électricité.

Les travaux du barrage coûteront 1 milliard 400 millions de dollars. La Guinée payera 15% et le reste sera prêté par une banque chinoise. La Guinée pourra ensuite probablement vendre jusqu’à 30% de la production de Souapiti à ses pays limitrophes.

Souapiti règlera bientôt la plupart des problèmes d’électricité Guinéens.

written by / écrit par

Noah ALAO, Radi CHAIB, and Kalil BOUZIGUES

Photos: Christine Soumah