Vision for hydroelectric dam in DR Congo clouded

CHINA DAILY | One of the largest infrastructure projects in Africa has come under a cloud as South Africa fields pressure to withdraw its commitments to a proposed dam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DR Congo. Construction of the Inga III hydroelectric dam is expected to cost around $14 billion, with the project projected to produce up to 11 gigawatts of power a year. South Africa has committed to buy 2.5 gigawatts of annual supply. Pretoria's purchase commitment is not only critical to the construction of the project but also important to South Africa, which has been experiencing increasingly severe power outages over the past two years that are damaging its economy.


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