341-i. Review: proposal for study on hydropower development Inga

The NCEA provided comments on a proposal for an AfDB study on hydropower developments on the Inga site (DRC). These comments were requested by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Advisory reports and other documents

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Memorandum by the NCEA

Significant details

In 2007, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the NCEA to comment a proposal drafted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). This proposal concerned a study on hydropower developments on the Inga site in DRC. The NCEA issued an advice. More recently, the Ministry asked the NCEA for a review of a new proposal for a similar study. The specific question asked to the NCEA was: Does the proposed study lead to an objective comparison of the options Grand Inga and Inga 3?

The NCEA issued an advice of the secretariat to provide comments on the proposal and to answer the question. Comments included:

  • The current proposal is identical to the proposal which was issued in 2007, despite the comments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (supported by the NCEA) which were provided to the AfDB;
  • For that reason, the comments provided for the 2007 proposal remain valid;
  • The importance of strategic decision-making on site selection for specific hydropower developments appears not to be acknowledged and could be given more attention - preferably on a continent-wide level.

Parties involved

Technical secretary: mr R.A.M. Post

Further details

Completed: 25 Apr 2008

Country/region/theme: Democratic Republic of Congo

Last modified: 10 Jul 2018