Cote d'Ivoire hydropower plant impounds water 60 days ahead of schedule

Updated: March 05,2024


Employees celebrate the impoundment of water at the hydropower plant.


An aerial view of the Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant.

The Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant in Côte d'Ivoire, being constructed by POWERCHINA, achieved a significant milestone on March 2. It began impounding water 60 days ahead of schedule.

More than 400 people participated in the ceremony, including the Ivorian mainstream media.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, representatives from various project and local government departments delivered speeches. The presentative of the project owner praised this new milestone and the efficient progress of the project. He also stated that the successful impoundment of water marks a crucial step towards power generation.

The Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant is located downstream of the Soubre Hydropower Plant, which was also completed by POWERCHINA. Financing support for Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant is provided by the Export-Import Bank of China.

Once completed, the Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant will have a total installed capacity of 112.9 megawatts and a reservoir capacity of 82 million cubic meters. After put into operation, it will generate 554 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually for Côte d'Ivoire, playing a crucial role in the country's expanding power supply. It is also set to reduce generation costs, promote economic and social development, contribute to dual carbon reduction goals, and increase power exports.

In November 2017, while announcing the commissioning of the Soubre Hydropower Plant, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, president of Côte d'Ivoire, personally laid the foundation stone for the Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant, and expressed his earnest anticipation for the continued contribution of POWERCHINA to the electricity industry in Côte d'Ivoire.