Chinese firm suspends $800m Kandadji dam in Niger over sanctions

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The China Gezhouaba Group Co Ltd has suspended the construction of its Kandadji hydroelectric dam in Niger after coup-related sanctions halted key funding, the company said in a letter.

The $808 million project, located about 180 kilometres northwest of the capital Niamey, is set to have a capacity of 130 MW and also provide irrigation and boost food security in one of the world’s poorest countries.

“We find ourselves forced to halt all our construction activities,” China Gezhouaba Group said in a letter to a local work inspection body dated Aug. 7.

The letter said the military takeover on July 26 and ensuing economic sanctions caused it to declare force majeure on the project.

Local contracts will be progressively terminated after due salaries are paid, the company added, promising to give redundant employees priority for re-hire once construction resumes.

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