On 1st December, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, opened the Djibloho Hydroelectric Power Station Storage Reservoir.
It contains water stored from the River Wele, which will guarantee the electrical supply in the Continental Region during the dry period. This project, carried out between 2013 and 2018, has cost the Government a total of over 200 million dollars.
In addition to the presidential couple, the ceremony brought together presidents of constitutional bodies, members of the Government, the diplomatic corps, leaders of political parties, the PDGE General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa, leaders from religious congregations, and authorities from the provinces of Wele Nzas and Djibloho, and the districts of AAisok and Evinayong.
Following a report from the president of the company SinoYdro, they heard a speech from the Ambassador from the People’s Republic of China, Chen Guoyou who, in the name of his Government, praised our country for the completion of this emblematic project, as another example of achievements within the framework of the strengthening of China-Equatorial Guinea friendship and the promotion of the development of the two.
For his part, the chief of Industry and Energy, Miguel Ecua Ondo, in his speech, described the ceremony as historic and significant in the process of development in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in general, and in the development of national electrification in particular.
Electrical energy acts as a development engine, helping in the fight against poverty and inequality”, said Ecua Ondo, who added that, “there can be no development in a nation if there are no coherent electrical policies, capable of satisfying energy demands”.
The member of the Government commented on the policies of peace, tranquillity and social order advocated by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the rational use of oil resources for the creation of basic infrastructures in the country, as key factors that have allowed the completion of the project.
This reservoir will provide as advantages the production of clean energy and the use of the river, not only to generate energy all year round, but to alleviate the problems suffered by the population during the dry period, the possibility to reduce the price of electricity, and the possibility to develop rural aquatic tourism at the Djibloho Hydroelectric Power Station, among others.
The ceremony continued with the decoration of figures which contributed to the development of this work, through Presidential Decree number 185/2018, read by the Chancellor for National Orders, Daniel Ncogo Ncogo.
The Head of State began his words by wishing everyone the peace that reigns in Equatorial Guinea, and which is allowing the development of the nation.
He also invited the Equatoguinean population to pay for the electrical supply, in order to guarantee its production and meet the aim of the Government, which is: ‘Energy for all’.
The development of a nation is costly, and requires a contribution from all citizens. We are ensuring that the Continental Region has a regular supply of electricity; if we want Equatorial Guinea to make progress, we all have to contribute towards the services that allow this progress, because our aim is that energy reaches every corner of the Nation”, said H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Finally, he invited the overseeing department to maintain the electrical infrastructures.
The ceremony concluded with a priest’s blessing, the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, and visits to the river Wele Storage Reservoir facilities, upstream from the Djibloho Hydroelectric Power Station.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office