DRC: Construction of a second high-voltage line between Inga and Kinshasa
25 November 2010
At the start of this week, the Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo signed an agreement with the Indian group Kalpa Taru for the construction of a high-voltage line between the hydroelectric power station at Inga and Kinshasa, reports the Xinhua press agency.
The total cost of the project comes to 76.9 million dollars, financed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank.
The line will extend for 260 km, carrying a voltage of 400 KV. It will provide relief for the existing line, which is close to saturation, in order to stop the recurring power cuts.
It is also to put an end to these power cuts that Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan invited the African Development Bank to invest in its energy infrastructures, reports a press release received last Tuesday by the PANA press agency.
The president of the ADB, Donald Keburuka, assured the president that the institution would support the Nigerian government in its efforts to promote development.