S.Africa, DRC sign Grand Inga hydroelectric treaty

Oct 30, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT
South African President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech during a business forum with France on October 14, 2013 in Johannesburg.
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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his counterpart from Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila signed a treaty in Kinshasa, Congo's capital, for the construction of the Grand Inga hydroelectric dam, which has the potential to become the largest in the world. The $80 billion dam is expected to produce up to 40,000 MW of electricity and is located 50 kilometers upstream of the mouth of the Congo River. The World Bank says it has the capacity to supply electricity to 500 million households in Africa. "I must convey how particularly pleased and excited I am by the progress taking place towards the realization of the Grand Inga Hydropower Project. This incredible feat of human ingenuity, when completed, will have the capacity to power Africa and indeed to export electricity beyond the continent," said president Zuma.