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Congo to Start $13.9 Billion Hydropower Project This Year

  • Rival consortia submitted joint bid for plant last week
  • Project director says single consortium will seek financing
The Inga 1 dam and Inga Falls on the Congo river. 

The Inga 1 dam and Inga Falls on the Congo river. 

Photographer: Marc Jourdier/AFP via Getty Images

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The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to start work this year on the frequently delayed Inga 3 hydropower project, after receiving a joint bid from two previously competing consortia of investors.

One group led by China Three Gorges Corp. and another including Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA of Spain submitted a joint bid on June 6 for the project that will produce 11,000 megawatts and is predicted to cost $13.9 billion, Bruno Kapandji, director of the Agency for the Development and Promotion of the Grand Inga Project, said at a conference Wednesday in Lubumbashi in southeast Congo.