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RDC - Semi-Urban and Rural Electrification Project - ESMP Summary
DRC has the 4th hydro-electric power potential in the world, with 600 billion KWH and about thirty power stations mainly located in Katanga, in the eastern part of the country, and in BasCongo. Nearly 2.5% of this potential is currently tapped. Electricity is generated by the national utility, the National Electricity Corporation (SNEL), which is the only official operator in the electric power sector. Despite this potential, the obsolete installations and the low equipment rate are such that the current electrification rate is only about 1% in rural areas, 30% in urban areas, and a national average of 6%.