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

Grand Inga News

Does South Africa need the Grand Inga project?

Controversy continues to shadow the development of the Grand Inga III project, with the latest arising from a report titled 'I Need You, I...
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World Bank suspends funding for DRC’s 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute hydroelectric plant

The World Bank Group announced earlier this week that it has suspended disbursements of funding to the Democratic Republic of Congo's 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute and Mid-Size Hydropower Development Technical Assistance program.
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Trends in Hydropower

With a global emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, hydropower has come to the forefront as an effective means of balancing other forms of renewable generation. Hydro's role in the modern power mix has led to favorable climates for development, translating to the construction of new plants and the upgrade of existing projects.
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DR Congo seeks organizational consultant for agency to promote Inga hydropower complex

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help develop strategy and organization for the agency tasked with development and promotion of the estimated 42,000-MW Inga hydroelectric complex on the DRC's Congo River.
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DR Congo seeks technical audit of contracts for hydropower marketing program

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a technical audit of consulting engineering services to its hydropower marketing program.