Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Hydropower Country Notes
The assessed potential for hydropower is by far the highest in Africa, and one of the highest in the world. The gross theoretical potential of the
The national power authority SNEL has 17 hydro plants, with a total rated capacity of 2 410 MW; its largest stations are Inga I (351 MW) and Inga II
(1 424 MW). The effective capacity at SNEL's hydro plants has recently been only about half their rated level, owing to problems in maintenance and refurbishment.
A significant increase in capacity would be provided by Inga III (3 500 MW), which is currently in the stage of feasibility studies. There is also a huge scheme (Grand Inga, 39 000 MW) for the installation of up to 52 generators of 750 MW each, incorporating the supply of electricity to other parts of
These studies identified three major African interconnection projects:
„ Northern Highway (Inga to
„ Southern Highway (Inga to
These electricity Highways would supply the five African power pools: SAPP, WAPP, PEAC, EAPP and COMELEC.
The World Energy Council is facilitating the development of the