Grand Inga Complex will be bigger than China’s Gorges
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.”