U.S. considers financing Congo’s 4,200-MW Inga 3 hydroelectric plant

The United States is considering an investment into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 4,200-MW Inga 3 hydropower project, wire services report.

Financing could come from the U.S. government’s “Power Africa” program, which does not currently include Congo amongst six sub-Saharan countries as part of the plan.

Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Congo government are reported to have met in Kinshasa this week to discuss the Inga 3 project.

HydroWorld.com reported in November that DRC was accepting expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies on the Inga 3 portion.

Inga 3 is part of Congo’s 40-GW Grand Inga hydropower project, which is being developed in phases.

Congo and South Africa signed a power-purchase agreement in December 2012, which solidified commitments to the project. DRC said it hopes to begin construction of Inga 3 by October 2015.

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