The DRC government says that Inga 3 is under time pressure because the contract with South Africa, the main purchaser of the project’s electricity, will expire in 2021.
The Inga 3 Dam is the first stage of the 40,000 MW Grand Inga scheme, the world’s largest hydropower complex.
Even though more than 90% of the DRC population has no access to electricity, the project will mainly generate power for mining companies and export markets.
The World Bank, the World Energy Council and the dam industry have presented the Inga 3 Dam as a “dream for Africa” and a model for the lessons they have learned from past experience with mega-projects.
Now the hydropower project on the Congo is unraveling into a political ploy with complete disregard for affected people and the environment.
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