On Friday, a ceremony was held in Ghana to celebrate the start of a hydropower station constructed by China.
At the ceremony, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Gong Jianzhong pressed the button to switch on the first power generating unit of Bui hydropower station in Ghana.
The project, which is being constructed by China's Sinohydro Corporation, will generate 400 megawatts of power when it becomes fully operational by the end of this year.
Started in April 2008, the project was financed by the governments of Ghana and China at a total cost of nearly 800 million U.S. dollars.
The Chinese government provided 90 percent of the funds.
"The significance of this project goes far beyond a power station. Like other Chinese aided projects, it reflects the long-lasting friendship between the two countries."
President Mahama thanked China's support, saying the project will help easing the country's power shortage.
The Bui project is located near the border between the western part of Ghana and Cote d'lvoire, some 150km upstream the Volta Lake, the biggest lake of the country.
The main construction includes a 114-meter dam and a power plant with three hydro generators.
The project, a dream Ghanaians cherished and planned from 1920, is the part of the overall strategy to triple the West African country's energy supply capacity from the current 2,445.5 megawatts to 6,000 megawatts by 2015.