The Grand Inga Dam project, touted as having the potential to supply green electricity to most of Africa has received a fresh boost, after Australian mining company Fortescue Metals Group, confirmed its alliance with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to invest in the development of the world’s largest hydroelectric project in Africa.
The Grand Inga Dam project is a proposed series of seven hydroelectric power stations near the Inga Falls in the DRC.
The project is a colossal $80 billion enhancement of the existing 351 MW Inga 1 and 1,424 MW Inga 2 plants, which were completed in 1972 and 1982, respectively.
The Ultimate goal is to construct a complex capable of energy supply for the entire sub-Saharan region with a cumulative output capacity 42 GW electricity generation. Upon completion, the project would be the world’s largest power plant and would generate more than the world’s two biggest hydropower plants, Three Gorges in China and Itaipu in SouthAmerica, combined.
Video: The New Africa Channel