Business & Finance

GRAND INGA HYDROPOWER PROJECT

The Grand Inga project is a massive US$80 billion expansion to the existing 351-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 plants. The ultimate goal is to construct a complex capable of supplying the entire sub-Saharan region with a cumulative output capacity of 42,000 MW. The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently working to tender and begin construction of the project’s first expansion, called the 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute and Haute Chute components. Eventually the project could also include Inga 4-8.

Owner: Democratic Republic of Congo 
Location: Inga Falls, Democratic Republic of Congo
River System: Congo River
Capacity: 42,000 MW
Generating Units: 52 x 750 MW units
Dam Type: Various
Construction Start Date: 1959 (Inga 1)
Operational Date: 1972 (Inga 1)
Project Status: In Development

Companies Under Contract:

Aecom/Electricite de France (EDF) — feasibility studies
Alstom Hydro/Andritz Hydro — turbine rehabilitation at Inga 1 and 2
Voith — turbine rehabilitation at Inga