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Popoli Hydropower Plant connected to grid ahead of schedule

Updated: June 07,2024

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An aerial view of the Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant.

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Workers involved in the project pose for a group photo.

The Gribo-Popoli Hydropower Plant (Popoli Hydropower Plant), built by POWERCHINA, successfully completed a 72-hour test run of its first unit on June 5, achieving grid connection and power generation ahead of schedule and officially entering the commercial operation phase.

Located at the downstream of the Soubre Hydroelectric Power Station, which was also built by POWERCHINA, the Popoli Hydropower Plant is the second power station developed by the company in the Sassandra River Basin in Cote d'Ivoire. It is currently the largest hydropower project under construction in the country, financed by the Export-Import Bank of China.

The Popoli Hydropower Plant has a total installed capacity of 112.9 megawatts, a reservoir capacity of 82 million cubic meters, a dam length of approximately 4.2 kilometers, and a maximum dam height of about 18.58 meters.

The successful grid connection and power generation of the first unit allows the Popoli Hydropower Station to contribute to Cote d'Ivoire's economic and social development, significantly improving local livelihoods and achieving a balance in the power sector's revenue and expenditure.

Once the project is fully operational, it will further demonstrate its substantial economic and social benefits, assisting Côte d'Ivoire in achieving its "dual carbon" emission reduction goals, increasing electricity exports to neighboring countries, strengthening its role as a "West African Power Hub", and expanding its regional influence.