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Johannesburg, 6 October 2006 – More than 120 participants from African and regional institutions in the public and private sectors, electricity companies, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media attended the opening ceremony of the Round Table on the development of hydroelectricity on the Inga River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The meeting was officially opened by the DRC Ambassador in the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Bene M’Poko.
The AfDB Vice-President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, Mr. Mandla Gantsho, made a presentation on the immense potential of the dam.
Other presentations were made by African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Mr. Bernard Zoba, followed by the Executive Director, Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Mr. Firmino Mucavele, as well as an official of the Development Bank for Southern Africa, Mr. Admassu Tadesse, who place emphasis on the Inga Project as a strong factor in African integration. He spoke of the need to find the best ways and means of determining the necessary options for updating and finalizing the feasibility study on the development of the Inga Site, including Inga 3 and Grand Inga.
Grand Inga will have an electricity generation capacity of 39,000 megawatts, offering the DRC the possibility of exporting electricity to the sub-region and North Africa.
Currently, the DRC obtains its electricity supply from the Inga 1 and 2 stations built in 1972 and 1982, respectively. The Westcor project (called "Inga 3" if implemented) will supply power to the entire sub-region, especially countries of the Southern African Development Community.
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