The Inga site is about 225 km from Kinshasa and is the biggest potential source of hydropower in the world, estimated at 370 billion kWh yearly. The DRC plays a pivotal role in the implementation of the Inga project (Inga I, II and III and Grand Inga), which if successful is likely to lead to an economic boom and social stability reaching beyond the DRC to its northern and southern neighbours. The regional cross-border projects, which would be the realisation of the African Union’s vision of a pan-African power grid, are also an important consideration.

The Ministry of Energy of the DRC is pleased to host a one-day visit to the Inga installations on Friday 10 October 2008 as part of the 4th annual Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) Central Africa event.

FOCUS ON ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE:
Power generation on the Congo River currently consists of Inga I and Inga II. Plans are under way for Inga III and later, Grand Inga. Inga III will be able to generate up to 4 500 MW and it is hoped construction could begin as early as 2010, while figures of 40 000 MW have been cited for Grand Inga.

VISIT TO INGA WITH THE MINISTRY OF ENERGY and SNEL:
On Friday 10 October 2008, the Ministry of Energy, DRC and SNEL, the country’s electricity utility, will host up to 27 delegates on a tour to Inga. This offers the opportunity to view first-hand the operations and the maintenance of the turbines at Inga I and II and to spend the day with the utility engineers and planners who are integrally involved in the operations that power most of the capital city of Kinshasa and the large mining province of Katanga.

SOLUTIONS TO AFRICA’S POWER CRISIS:
iPAD Central Africa 2008 will be the culmination of a busy year addressing Africa’s power crisis and raising funds to implement solutions. The two-day high-level conference will bring government and investors together to present the way forward for infrastructure investment and development, with electricity supply and Inga being at the core of the agenda.   

TO SIGN UP:
The one-day tour departs from the Grand Hotel Kinshasa at 08:00 sharp and refreshments and lunch will be supplied.

Note: Participants must please provide a photocopy of their passport to a Spintelligent representative on registration.

The cost for the tour is €500

Please contact Jimina Schmidt: jimina.schmidt@spintelligent.com to register, or call +27 21 7003522 or visit www.ipad-africa.com/central