SA-DRC hydro draft treaty approved

2012-08-22 13:06

Cabinet has approved the draft treaty between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on developing the Grand Inga Hydropower Project in the DRC.

The project had the potential to supply clean and cost effective hydroelectric power to meet the needs of the DRC and surrounding or nearby countries including South Africa, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said today.

The project entailed developing about 40 000MW of hydropower on the Congo River in the DRC, which could be developed in several stand-alone phases, he told media following Cabinet’s regular fortnightly meeting.

The treaty was intended to develop an enabling framework, linking the DRC and South Africa into the Grand Inga Project, and allow for the two countries to jointly explore different economically feasible options for developing the project.

The two countries should also engage and source support for the project from other countries on the continent, especially those in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The project would form part of South Africa’s government strategy to promote renewable energy in the region, contribute to reduced carbon emissions, ensure security of supply, and develop energy infrastructure on the continent, and the SADC region in particular, he said.

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