AECOM and EDF look at hydropower in DR Congo
Feb 23, 2011 - renewableenergyfocus.com
AECOM and Electricité de France (EDF) have been awarded US$13.4 million
feasibility study for Grand Inga hydropower site on Congo River in the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
By Renewable Energy Focus staff
AECOM was awarded the hydropower contract through RSW International Inc, which
became part of AECOM in November 2010. The contract is related to the Grand
Inga site in DR Congo.
AECOM and EDF will conduct a feasibility study on the hydropower development
of the site and the associated interconnection transmission lines.
The Grand Inga site, located on the Congo River, has a potential of approximately
39 GW of hydropower electricity. The length of the four associated transmission
lines (Inga-Nigeria, Inga-Egypt, Inga-South Africa through Zambia and Inga-South
Africa through Angola) would total more than 8000 miles.
"AECOM is pleased to play an important role in the development of what
has the potential to become one of the world's largest hydroelectric power
plants," says AECOM President and CEO John M. Dionisio. "The Grand
Inga feasibility study will be an important first step in the overall vision
of developing a continent-wide power grid for Africa."
The feasibility study, financed by the African Development Bank, will be carried
out over a period of two years under the direction of Société Nationale
d'Électricité, the Democratic Republic of Congo's power utility.