Skip to content
Subscriber Only

PowerChina to Build Two Hydropower Plants in Congo, Partners Say

  • Power shortages in Congo have curbed copper, cobalt output
  • Congo is No. 1 cobalt producer, fourth-biggest copper miner
Aerial view of Inga 1 dam and Inga Falls on the Congo river. 

Aerial view of Inga 1 dam and Inga Falls on the Congo river. 

Photographer: MARC JOURDIER/AFP

Power Construction Corp. of China agreed to build two hydroelectric power plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help reduce the mining industry’s yawning energy deficit, its local partners said.

Metal output in Congo is hampered by a shortage of power from the national grid, meaning mines in the world’s biggest cobalt-producing nation have to rely on costlier alternatives like diesel generators. The lack of electricity means that some mines produce copper and cobalt concentrates instead of the more value-added exports the government is trying to encourage.