The Democratic Republic of the Congo suffers from endemic electricity shortages. Just 10% of its 65 million inhabitants are connected to a supply, a figure that drops to a mere 1% in rural areas. Even in the capital, Kinshasa, only an estimated 10% of the population are thought to have a continuous supply. The Inga Falls, which currently supply 60% of the country’s citizens with electricity, have significant potential for development, in particular by optimising the existing facilities. Artelia was hence appointed by the Congolese national electricity company (SNEL) to perform a study with a view to identifying solutions for doubling the site’s potential capacity. The study is being performed on both a numerical and a physical scale model - one of the biggest built at our laboratory in the last 10 years - and will provide the basis for designing and building a new water intake and a new headrace that will contribute to making Inga one of the biggest hydropower schemes in the world.
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