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    Grace Amos

      The Grand Inga Dam of Congo is situated in the Congo River of the Democratic Republic of Congo is the Grand Inga Dam, a series of seven proposed hydroelectric power plants at the site of the Inga Falls. The dam is indeed grand as it would generate up to 70 GW of electricity and would be the largest power station in the world.

      The 70 GW project construction would involve the building of a dam across the south of the Bundi River valley where it will meet the Congo where it diverts, creating a huge reservoir. The water drop at this site is expected to support a series of hydroelectric power stations which will have generating capacity of 4 to 8 GW, making a total of 40 GW for the whole complex. It will be the first power station in the series to have a capacity of 4.8 GW to be constructed.

      The project would consist of seven dams that could be owned by different investors and would allow separate development of the different power stations in the series.

      The estimated cost for the construction of the Grand Inga Project has amounted to as high as $80 billion, which will be funded by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the African Development Bank.

      From recent developments, the country’s government decided to present the project to the regional heads of State and also explore the continent’s market for power generation. To get the project started, they recruited the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

      Moreso, a few African countries have shown interest in the project. Nigeria has shown its interest in buying 3GW, and South Africa has also indicated its willingness to purchase 2.5 GW of the dam’s output, so also the Congolese mines in Katanga Province have an interest in 1.3 GW.

      Because of its cost, the project is one of the biggest in Africa, as the West African country also plans to export some of the power generated from the dams to countries in Africa and Europe.



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