The DRC immense energy potential consists of non-renewable resources such as oil, natural gas and uranium, and renewable energy sources including hydroelectric, biomass, solar, wind, and geothermal power.  The government’s vision is to increase the level of service up to 32% in 2030.

The Congo River, which is the second largest river in the world with its basin astride the Equator provides an energy potential estimated at 100,000 MW spread across 780 sites in 145 territories and 76 000 villages. This potential represents approximately 37% of the African overall potential and about 6% of the global potential.

Of the total installed capacity in DRC estimated at 2,516 MW, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL) has a generation capacity of about 2,416 MW or 96% of Hydroelectric power which accounts of domestic power generation and is generated by the Inga I and Inga II dams that are located in Kongo Central province. Current production is only 6,000 to 7,000 Gwh.


LEADING SUB-SECTORS

  • Electrical power generation & Solar energy
  • Transmission line construction
  • Last mile power transmission infrastructure
  • Mobile power generators
  • Hydroelectric turbine construction, maintenance

OBJECTIVES

  • Increase the supply rate of electricity from 9% to 32%.
  • Construction of energy highways in the following lines:
    • Inga Site → Gabon → Cameroon → Nigeria → Mali
    • Inga Site → Angola → Namibia → Botswana → South Africa
    • Inga Site → Central Africa → Chad → Libya
    • Inga Site → South Africa → Sudan → Egypt
    • Inga Site → Malawi → Zambia → Zimbabwe → Lesotho

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Construction of hydroelectric dams;
  • Construction of 4 Pan African energy;
  • Construction of hydroelectric plants Wanie of Rukula (688 MW) of Sombwe (186 MW) of Kalengwe (204 MW) and Kamimbi / FUTA (53 MW);
  • Rehabilitation and modernization of G16 and G13 groups of INGA I and G24 Inga II;
  • Construction of Inga III low head (4800 MW);
  • Construction of Inga III high head (3000MW);
  • 217 hydroelectric sites identified for construction of hydroelectric power plants;
  • Production Potential estimated at 44000MW;
  • Transportation, Distribution and Marketing potentials.

NEW REFORM

  • The enactment of the Electricity Act in June 2014 enshrining the liberalization of the sector;
  • The establishment of a regulatory authority of electricity;
  • The transformation of SNEL (National Company of Electricity) and REGIDESO (Water Authority) into commercial companies;
  • 59% projected increase level of electrification in the country by 2030.