Inga 3 Dam

Press Statement | Inga 3: An Exclusive Development Deal for Chinese and European companies

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Congo River International Rivers On October 16, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government announced a 14 billion USD joint and exclusive development agreement with a consortium of Chinese and European developers to construct the Inga 3 hydroelectric dam, following years of delay and controversy. The Chinese consortium is led by China Three Gorges, alongside a European consortium, led by Actividades de Construcción y Servicios (ACS) of Spain. The government of embattled DRC President Joseph Kabila signed the deal as national elections loom in December 2018. This announcement f

New ANC Leadership Provides an Opportunity to Revisit Plans for the Troubled Inga 3 Dam

New ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa with Jacob Zuma
As South Africa moves into the post-Zuma era, dodgy deals like the agreement to buy power from Inga 3 should be left in the past.

Renewable Riches: How Wind and Solar Can Power DRC and South Africa

Monday, September 25, 2017
International Rivers' new study, “Renewable Riches,” has found that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is endowed with abundant wind and solar potential that could transform the country’s energy sector. The report, authored by researchers affiliated with the University of California, suggests that DRC can harness its considerable renewable energy potential to power the country faster and more affordably than current planned projects like Inga 3 Dam. The researchers found that the country’s wind and solar potential, at 85 GW, could address the country’s chronic power shortages an

Press Release | Congo Can Reap the Rewards of Its Enormous Wind and Solar Potential, Study Says

Sunday, September 24, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 26, 2017 International Rivers is releasing a new study today that shows that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can harness its considerable renewable energy potential to power the country. In “Renewable Riches,” researchers modeled the DRC’s best wind and solar sites. They found that the country’s wind and solar potential, at 85 GW, could address the country’s chronic power shortages and would far surpass the output of the planned 4.8 GW Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River. 60 GW of that energy could be installed at less than $0.07 per kWh, wh

It’s Time to Invest in Congo’s Energy Future

The 100 MW Sere Wind Farm in South Africa. Competitive auctions in South Africa have yielded some of the world's lowest prices for grid-connected wind, at US 4.7 cents per kWh
Earlier this month, the DRC government seemed to acknowledge what we have long argued: The proposed Inga 3 Dam, touted for decades as a fix-all to the country’s energy woes, is not a good investment. By calling on developers to radically alter the design of Inga 3, the DRC’s minister in charge of the project has sent it back to the drawing board after the project failed to attract financing. Sadly, we’ve been down this path before. Inga 3 was first launched to much fanfare back in 2004, when DRC’s Southern African neighbors signed up to buy Inga 3’s power. The DRC reneged on that dea

In Debt and In The Dark: Unpacking the Economics of DRC’s Proposed Inga 3 Dam

Sunday, June 25, 2017
“In Debt and In The Dark” is the first in-depth assessment of the economics of the proposed 4,800 MW Inga 3 Dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Authored by noted economist Tim Jones, the report scrutinizes the claims that project proponents have made to justify the project, namely that Inga 3 will generate revenues to fill government coffers through the sale of power to South Africa and mines in eastern DRC and will provide needed power to the country. Using empirical evidence from similar hydropower projects in Africa and globally, Jones tested the stated assumptions of the pr


Thursday, May 12, 2016
A Guide for Communities to Be Impacted by the Inga 3 DamThe Inga 3 project involves the planned construction of a dam and a 4,800 MW hydroelectric plant at Inga Falls on the mighty Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inga 3 will force more than 10,000 people to leave their homes, and many more people are likely to be impacted economically. This guide is intended for the communities who risk being displaced, whether physically (losing access to land or home) or economically (losing assets or access to resources for income and livelihood) by the construction and operation of the I
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