China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corporation (CMEC) and China International Enterprise Co-operative Corporation will build a $220m hydroelectric power plant on the Congo River at a site 215km from Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo in central West Africa.

The contract to build the 120 MW power plant will more than double the country’s present generation capacity of 89 MW. Most of the output will provide power for the capital. CMEC will be responsible for design, construction and equipment for the plant, which will be handed over on completion in 2006.

The contract signed between China and the Republic of Congo is the largest bi-lateral economic and trade co-operation project between the two countries to date.