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Vol 58 No 14

Published 7th July 2017


Congo-Kinshasa

Action plan to crack the Inga enigma

Congolese officials have asked Chinese and Spanish consortia to join forces to realise the dream of a colossal hydro project at Inga

Some see the call by the Congo-Kinshasa's government for a joint Sino-Spanish plan to develop the much-delayed Inga hydropower project as a political trick to keep both China and the West happy while President Joseph Kabila finds a way to extend his grip on power. In fact, Congo-K looks to have no other option if the mega-project is to proceed. If Spain and China join forces, the project could be far more ambitious – perhaps three times bigger than the 4.8 gigawatts of generating power originally envisaged.

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