On a recent state visit by South African president Jacob Zuma to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the two countries signed a treaty on the potential 40,000 MW Grand Inga hydroelectric project on the Congo River. This treaty outlines the development of the Grand Inga hydroelectric power complex, which would cost some US$100 billion to achieve.

Such a hydroelectric scheme has been discussed over the decades as having the potential to supply much of the African continent and possibly even export power to Europe in an interlinked grid. The treaty is intended to represent a practical commitment of the two countries to jointly partner to develop the Grand Inga project.

“This agreement is significant since the Grand Inga Project has been in the pipeline for a very long time,” Zuma says.