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Vol 58 No 14

Published 7th July 2017


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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