Grand Inga Com­plex will be big­ger than China’s Gorges

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The 40 000MW Grand Inga Com­plex – to be built on the Inga Falls on the Congo River about 300km from Kin­shasa in the DRC – is slated to be the largest hy­dropower com­plex in the world, gen­er­at­ing al­most dou­ble the power of China’s Three Gorges Dam.

Pre­to­ria’s treaty with Kin­shasa se­cured half (2 500MW) of the out­put of the first phase of the project, Inga 3, which has al­ready se­cured a $73 mil­lion (R770 mil­lion) grant from the World Bank.

The project’s page on the bank’s web­site showed another fund­ing com­mit­ment of $33.4 mil­lion from the African Devel­op­ment Bank.

At the US-Africa Lead­ers Sum­mit last week, Pre­to­ria’s state­ment re­ferred to the treaty as well as its plans to ex­tend South Africa’s nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties and explore shale gas de­posits.

But it ap­pears the Grand Inga project is not a pri­or­ity. Asked about progress since the sign­ing of the treaty, en­ergy de­part­ment spokesper­son Jo­hannes Mokobane said: “This mat­ter will be con­sid­ered by Cabi­net in the near fu­ture.

“It will then be shared with the pub­lic through the nor­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion by the rel­e­vant min­is­ter or min­is­ter in the pres­i­dency.”

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