Africa plans largest hydroelectric
dam in world
Apr 21, 2008 - Xinhua
ADDIS ABABA -A plan to build the largest
and most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world
is being discussed in London, BBC reported Monday.
Financiers and African politicians
will look at how to finance the 80 billion U.S. dollar
cost of the Grand Inga project.
The plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo will
generate twice as much energy as China's Three Gorges
Dam and is hoped to boost Africa's electricity supply
by a third.
The World Energy Council (WEC), which is hosting
the two-day meeting in London, said the Grand Inga
project will help the estimated 500 million Africans
without access to electricity.
Power will be transmitted to other countries via
a giant new distribution system to Egypt in the north,
Nigeria in the west and to South Africa in the south.
In order that construction can start as planned
in 2014, the WEC is calling for finance for a feasibility
study to be done as soon as possible.
The Grand Inga project will be built on the Congo
river alongside two existing hydroelectric plants
and is expected to begin operating between 2020 and
The plans include a 205-meter-high dam, 15-km-long
reservoir and a plant with a capacity to produce
320 terawatt hours of electricity annually.