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The Hydroelectric Inga III Project of the DRC

The Hydroelectric Inga III Project of the DRC

The Inga III Basse Chute is the next development on the Congo River and aims to produce 􂀀 MW of green energy. The off-takers of this power is South Africa, the mining regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the capital Kinshasa.

The rehabilitation of Inga I and Inga II is currently ongoing and continues to experience power interruptions.

The Inga III project has been delayed several times, the last being due to the World Bank barring several contenders for the consortium. The project start date has been pushed to 2017 (it was previously 2015).

Despite historical evidence of corruption and maladministration, several development and financial institutions are contributing finances and expertise to the project.

The government of the DRC has several bodies in place that regulate the process of foreign investment and harmonise business law throughout Africa.

Export markets stand to be economically improved through increased electrification of trade and industry sectors such as South Africa.

There are opportunities for international equipment suppliers and engineering, procurement, and construction firms to be involved in the project as local expertise is insufficient.

Supporting industries offering consultancy and advisory services will be required as the development of the project begins to gain traction.

About this report

A planned 4,800 MW will arise from Inga III Basse Haute (BC), the first phase of two for the powerful Congo River. While the Inga project is a multinational mega project meant to provide power to several off-takers in Southern Africa, it has seen delays putting the operational date after 2020. These challenges are being addressed with the help of several financial institutions and development organizations. Should the project gain traction, several opportunities present themselves in operations, maintenance and indirect markets such as consulting and skill development.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Project Overview
    • Project Economic Analysis
    • Project Structuring
  • Introduction
    • Research Methodology
    • Motivation and Objectives of Analysis
    • Scope of Research
    • Geographical Scope
    • Technological Scope
  • Country Overview
    • Country Profile
    • DRC-Political Analysis
    • DRC-Economic Analysis
      • Table Economic Indicators, DRC, 2013
    • DRC-Social Analysis
      • Table Social Indicators, DRC, 2013
  • Project Analysis
    • Project Overview
      • Table Power allocation of 4,800 MW will be distributed as follows
    • Current Developments of Inga I and II
  • Project Drivers and Restraints
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
    • Environmental Considerations
    • Social Considerations
    • Project Economic Analysis
  • DRC-Power Sector Current Infrastructure Analysis
    • Generation Capacity
      • Table Generation Figures of Hydro Plants-SNEL, DRC, 2013
    • Transmission Capacity
    • Distribution Capacity
  • Legislative Environment
    • Legislative
    • Revenue Collection
      • Table Overall Collection Rate, DRC, 2013
    • Tax
  • Key Participants
    • Role of the Government
    • Project Structuring
    • Partners of the Project
  • Investment Opportunities
    • Timeline
    • Key Investment Opportunities-Generation and Transmission
    • Key Investment Opportunities-Direct Market
    • Key Investment Opportunities-Indirect Markets
    • Government Openness to Foreign Investment
    • Performance Requirements and Investment Incentives
    • Planned Future Projects
    • Strategic Conclusions

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