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China-constructed Busuanga hydropower dam starts water storage

June 01, 2021


Abstract : Invested and constructed by Chinese enterprises, Busuanga hydropower station in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officially started water storage on Monday, marking that after nearly four years of construction, the largest hydropower station under construction in DRC has entered the preparatory stage for production and power generation, reported CCTV.com.

BEIJING, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Invested and constructed by Chinese enterprises, Busuanga hydropower station in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officially started water storage on Monday, marking that after nearly four years of construction, the largest hydropower station under construction in DRC has entered the preparatory stage for production and power generation, reported CCTV.com.

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Designed with an installed capacity of 240 MW and a maximum dam height of 141.5 meters, the Busuanga hydropower station is located on the Lualaba River in the upper reaches of the Congo River.

Equipped with a total reservoir capacity of 1.298 billion cubic meters and a total installed capacity of 240 megawatts, the station consists of four 60-megawatt generating units and has an average annual power generation capacity of 1.320 billion kilowatt-hours over the years. The project adopts Chinese standards from design, construction to equipment manufacturing, installation and acceptance.

Water storage is a crucial step for the realization of the first unit to generate power on September 30 this year. After putting into production, it will make up for the electricity gap in DRC.

(Edited by Bao Nuomin with Xinhua Silk Road, baonuomin@xinhua.org)

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