DRC Seeks Power Imports from South Africa
Thursday April 13, 2017  Printer Friendly Email this article

The DRC, to meet its power needs, is seeking to import electricity from South Africa. The country is plagued by shortfalls in power and its main energy generator, hydropower, is down due to lack of rainfall.

Delegates from DRC’s public power utility and chamber of commerce will negotiate imports from South African power utility Eskom, said Eric Monga, the president of DRC's chamber of commerce in the southeastern mining region.

Costs for the imports from South Africa will be prohibitive as the power will need to traverse Zimbabwe and Zambia’s grids.

"It's clearly more expensive...but the economic interest is so great that we are obliged to go hear them out," Monga told Reuters.

New power projects, specifically the 4,800-MW power dam on the Congo River, has stalled as the government has yet to select a developer.

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