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China's Three Gorges Gorp. to build dam in Mauritius

(Xinhua)

17:11, October 10, 2011

YICHANG, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The China Three Gorges Corp. (CTGPC), the operator of China's largest water control program, has signed a contract with the Mauritian government to build a water conservation project in the African island nation, sources with the company said Monday.

The company will build a dam across the Terre Rouge River in Mauritius within three years, according to the sources.

The Bagatelle Dam will form a reservoir of 14.2 million cubic meters that will supply water for Port Louis, the country's capital city, and other downstream regions upon its completion.

Construction on the project involving 112 million U.S. dollars is expected to start on Dec. 1.

The project will be undertaken by the China International Water & Electric Corp. (CIWEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CTGPC.

The Export-Import Bank of China will provide soft loans to the project, which is the fifth one CIWEC has clinched since entering the Mauritian market, according to the company.

CTGPC signed a contract with the government of Cameroon to build the 200-million-dollar Lom Pangar Hydropower Project in August.

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