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President Mahamadou Issoufou on 2 April inaugurated the 80MW first phase of the Gorou Banda diesel power plant, to improve supply to Niamey and reduce dependence on the interconnection with Nigeria. The project was financed by the government, the West African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank at a cost of CFA75.4bn.The plant, located 5km south of Niamey with four 20MW diesel turbines, was built by Sinohydro, which started construction in April 2013. The construction of lines and substations was carried out by Chinese company TBEA.