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Kaleta Hydroelectric Project filmed in documentary “The Belt and Road”
A documentary series “The Belt and Road” produced by China Central Television (CCTV) was premiered during prime time on CCTV1 from September 5 to 9, 2016, which would continue to be broadcast on CCTV10, CCTV2, CCTV4 and China’s major satellite channels. The Kaleta Hydroelectric Project accomplished by CWE in Guinea, an important project along the Belt and Road, appeared on Episode 3: Belt of Light.
As it goes in the documentary, “Electricity will not only bring about changes to lives of the average, but also strength and faith to a country.” After showing spectacular pictures of the Kaleta Hydroelectric Project and its associated facilities, the documentary vividly depicts changes taken place in Guinea and among Guinean.
“On May 28, 2015, as the first generator of the Kaleta Hydroelectric Project, the largest hydropower project in Guinea, was connected to the national grid of Guinea and commissioned, stable power was sent to 150km-away Conakry, and 11 neighboring regions through a 225kV transmission line which was also constructed by CWE, a subsidiary of CTG. The successful construction of the project doubled the total installed capacity of the country, earning the project the fame of “Three Gorges Project in Guinea”. Its constructor is China Three Gorges Group, who built the Three Gorges Project, the largest hydropower station in the world.”
It was specially presented in this series the 20,000-guinea franc banknote with the Kaleta project as the background pattern, which was issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea in the run-up to the commissioning of the project. To quote, “For Guinea, stable power means far more than just light, but also booming economy and strong industry.”
The Kaleta Hydroelectric Project, constructed as a result of China-Guinea cooperation, marks another big milestone in the friendly relations of the two countries. The project fits in well with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and also caters to the actual demand of Guinea. Lu Chun, CTG president, indicated in the documentary that “through undertaking projects along the Belt and Road, on one hand, we managed to obtain sustainable development; on the other hand, we also channeled Chinese technologies, brands and quality industrial capacities internationally on basis of resource utilization”.
All staff of CWE watched the Episode Belt of Light, which imparted to us great pride in our cause and a sense of mission for national strategy. Also presented on the documentary were the Carot Hydropower Project and the First Wind Farm Project of CTG in Pakistan. Tan Xuetao, as a staff representative, was interviewed by CCTV’s Topics in Focus.