A Chinese company has won a contract of US$224 million to build the Tekeze Hydro-Power Project (THPP) in northern part of Ethiopia.ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – June 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The contract signed between the China National Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Corporation(CWHEC) and the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation is believed to be the largest cooperative project between China and an African country. Guo Jiantang, president of the CWHEC, said that the project is the largest one “not only for the Chinese company in Africa but also for the foreign firms to erect in Ethiopia.” “We will sincerely cooperate with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation by following up our consistent policy of scientific management and quality services so as to jointly make greater contributions to the economic development of Ethiopia,” said Guo. The main structure of the concrete dam of the THPP is reportedly designed in the shape of a hyperbola and is 185 meters high. The Tekeze River, on which the THPP will be built, is a tributary of the Nile system. The CWHEC is one of China’s most prestigious electrical engineering companies, having undertaken nearly 80 percent of the large and medium-sized hydropower projects in China. It ranked 136th among the world’s Top 225 construction contractors in 1999 and 2000. The CWHEC beat out bidders from Germany, Italy and Japan in the bid for the THPP. The dam construction and installation of the power plant is estimated to take five years to be completed.