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    Olivia David



      The Grand Inga dam of Congo was announced by an Australian-based Company, Fortescue Metals Group on their developmental plans in Inga in the democratic republic of Congo (DRC).  This will help push the earliest visions of the government, investors, and experts to invest in hydro energy generation which will enable the export of green hydrogen.




      This dam is said to become the largest hydropower plant in existence at its completion.




      Their vision is to build a hydropower plant that should be capable of powering communities and cities across Africa. It has a potential of 40, 000MW of power generation. And to compare this with the present power consumption in sub-Saharan Africa, it totals 80, 000MW.




      Green hydrogen is gaining momentum in the interest of most western countries as this is a low-carbon fuel used in the transportation industry and manufacturing industries. This is due to its low greenhouse gas emission and the process of production.  As a commitment to climate change surges, there is a great possibility in the encouragement and wide usage of green hydrogen. This will add up to enable an economic benefit for both DRC as well as Africa at large.




      By the year 2050, it is predicted that the exports of green hydrogen and demand will hit $300 billion annually. However, Fortescue made the exploration of the production of green hydrogen for export to win the trust of investors and appeal to their investment interests.




      Furthermore, for the Inga dam project to be successful, the project should put into consideration the local community hosting the project, and rather than ignore the presence and participation of the locals in the project’s success, there should be an understanding between the locals and the implementing parties to prevent conflicts and thereby hamper the progress of the project to an extent it becomes an abandoned project.




      Such factors as should be considered and addressed for the host community should be giving a portion of the generated energy to the locals and this would in no time boost local industrial productions and trigger an impact in the employment of the locals in various industries on the long run and a subset benefiting from the Inga dam project.




      The hydrogen configuration doesn’t need transmission lines as does other generated energy, and this in turn reduces the chances of disruption in transmission and also the biodiversity. It would then be that Inga produces enough energy to sustain electricity power generation for the DRC communities that are backward in electricity generation and also beneficial to other Neighbouring African countries both far and near.




      Once the project becomes successful and completed, with the sourced funding from commercial banks, investors, and other stakeholders, the project would move Inga closer to the realization of plans by the government, investors, and other stakeholders to develop and upscale the standards of the Inga people, DRC and the African continent through hydropower generation.

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