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US News Guinea. A few days before the elections, the eternal promise of electrification

14:00  13 october  2020
14:00  13 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Près du barrage de Souapiti, Oury Diallo, responsable génie civil. © Anthony Fouchard Near the Souapiti dam, Oury Diallo, civil engineering manager.

President Alpha Condé, who is running for a contested third term, has made universal access to electricity a campaign promise ... for more than a decade. Without real success.

At the foot of the Souapiti dam , there is an almost permanent rainbow. The billions of suspended water droplets, forcefully expelled from the main reservoir, become iridescent in the sunlight.

At the moment the turbines are not connected, so we simply regulate the level of the dam. But when you see this power, you imagine the production of electricity that this will generate , exclaims Oury Diallo, the head of the civil engineering department of the site.

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The rural population deprived of electricity

Souapiti is the largest dam in Guinea , with a capacity of 450 megawatts. It should be able to supply Greater Conakry, the capital and its outskirts. But the work was late and if the large pipes are installed and functional ", specifies Olivier Hatet, project manager of the Tractebel company, the installation of the distribution network is not in our attributions " . Understand: the low and medium voltage lines that will serve consumers in towns and villages. This work is the responsibility of the state. That’s the problem.

In Guinea, only 3% of the rural population has access to electricity. In ten years of presidency of Alpha Condé , that has hardly changed. At 82, the first democratically elected president in 2010, the contested Condé hopes to play overtime after the election of October 18 .

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The president currently trails his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, in national opinion polls with 40 days to go until the election . Many more Americans than usual will be casting their votes by post this year, due to the pandemic, and Mr Trump has been questioning the security of this mail-in ballot system.

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The Chinese shadow

The Souapiti hydroelectric dam is the Guinean president’s latest promise. But it's impossible to know exactly how much electricity will really be destined for the local market. The titanic structure, built on the basis of a public-private partnership with the Chinese company CWE, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Three Gorges Corporation, cost more than $ 1.4 billion. CWE, which owns 49% of the dam operating company (the Guinean state controls the rest), intends to repay itself by exporting power to the sub-region.

In Boké, in the west of the country, residents overwhelmed by the cuts have lost patience. In 2017 and 2018, demonstrators attacked the offices of Electricité de Guinée (EDG). The building with the broken windows was never repaired. What's the point ? jokes Abdoulaye Keïta, a young man from the city, the problem is not solved, the anger is still there. We are fed up with promises.

Riots after presidential election in Guinea .
Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo was twice defeated by incumbent Condé in presidential elections in Guinea. Now he wants to know and creates facts - even before the official results are announced. © John Wessels / AFP / AFP / Getty Images police officers tear gas against supporters of opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo Riots broke out in West African Guinea after opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of presidential election on Sunday .

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