13 June 2013 – A US$74 million deal has been signed between Germany engineering company Voith and Societe Nationale d’Electricite (Snel) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the refurbishment of the 350 MW Inga 1 hydroelectric facility owned by the state utility.  

Voith will refurbish two 55 MW units at Inga I. Inga I is more than 40 years old and operates below its 350 MW of installed capacity, according to the World Bank, which is providing financing for the rehabilitation project.

The DRC is also refurbishing the 1,424 MW Inga II site, and wants to break ground on a third Inga project in 2015. Inga III will produce about 4,800 MW of power and cost at least US$8.5 billion.