Plans to start execution of DR Congo’s Inga 3 hydroelectric power project that will supply approximately 4,800 megawatts to a number of African states are on course, the project coordinator Max Munga told Xinhua on Wednesday in Kinshasa.

Hydro power
Hydro power
With an eventual capacity of over 40,000 MW, Inga is one of the biggest hydroelectric power sites in the world and potentially the source of cheapest energy in Africa.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has huge hydroelectric energy potential estimated at 100,000 MW, which is the third largest behind China and Russia.

“The unit handling the project will call for bids before the end of the year and in early 2016, choose the winner among the three consortia that have been pre-selected,” the source said, adding that the three consortia include SNC-Lavalin of Canada, Spain’s ACS and China’s Three Gorges Corporation.

“The design, funding, construction and management of the project will be done by a private sector player who will get public funding from DR Congo,” Munga said, adding that the total cost of construction is estimated to be between 9 to 12 billion U.S. dollars.

Two hydroelectric power installations currently exist on Inga site. Inga 1 with capacity to produce 351 MW was constructed in 1972, while Inga 2 with capacity to produce 1,424 MW was constructed in 1982.

In 2010, DR Congo initiated the development of the Grand Inga project that entails construction of several phases of a hydroelectric complex with capacity to produce 40,000 MW. Enditem

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