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Friday, 7 June 2013

DRC - Inga 1 hydro-power site to be refurbished

Voith, a German engineering company, signed a deal worth more than US 74-million dollars with Democratic Republic of Congo’s electricity utility to refurbish part of the Inga 1 hydro-power site.

The closely held company, based in Heidenheim, will refurbish two generating plants of Societe Nationale d’Electricite, or SNEL, that produce a combined 110 megawatts (MW) of power, Bloomberg reports.

Kinshasa, Bandundu city and the provinces of Bas Congo and Katanga will benefit from the increased output. Inga 1 is more than 40 years old and operates below its 350 MW of installed capacity, according to the World Bank, which is providing financing for the rehabilitation project.

Congo is also refurbishing the 1 424 MW Inga 2 site, and wants to break ground on a third Inga project in 2015. Inga 3 will produce about 4 800 MW of power and cost at least US 8.5-billion dollars.