Multinational - The Inga Site Development and Electricity Access Support Project, phase 3

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Aug 2013
Signature Date 07 Jan 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 1,487,729.95
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Inga Site Development and Electricity Access Support Project is an autonomous operation that comprises technical assistance, optimum Inga site development support and reinforcement of the existing electricity infrastructure. Such assistance specifically concerns building the capacity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government to finalise the preparation of the Inga 3 Project and implement actions enhancing electricity access for the Central and Southern Africa regions. The Inga 3 Project entails implementing Grand Inga Phase A by developing a generating capacity of 4,800 MW on the Inga site and building power transmission lines that supply electricity to the DRC and South Africa. Hence, this project is a continuation of the Bank’s previous support that led to the identification of an innovative approach which ensures the full realisation of Inga’s hydro-electricity potential and promotes continental integration. This is an institutional support project aimed at facilitating the development of institutions and skills making it possible to improve the structuring of Inga 3 in order to select an investor-entrepreneur under a public-private partnership. Improved access to electricity is also expected in the semi-urban areas of Kinshasa and other provinces of the DRC, as well as in Southern Africa. Implementation of this support project is expected to cover a period of over five years for a total cost of UA 112.23 million.

Project Objectives

The ultimate goal of the project is to contribute to the full development of the Inga site and improve electricity access especially in the DRC and other countries of Central and Southern Africa. Specifically, this project will help to finalise preparation of the Inga 3 Project which is the first phase of the Grand Inga Project. Hence, it will build the DRC's capacity to prepare and implement the Inga project and its attendant measures relating to electricity access, as provided for in the treaty signed with South Africa.


The project's beneficiaries are the DRC which will receive capacity-building in the management of complex projects through CGI3 and ADEPI, South Africa and Southern African countries traversed by power transmission lines. Indeed, of the expected 4,800 MW to be generated from Inga 3, 2300 MW will go to the DRC and 2,500 MW to South Africa. These two countries already have power exchange arrangements with Central and Southern African countries. Besides, the power will be transmitted to South Africa through the electric power grids of certain member-countries of the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). In the short-term, the communities in the semi-urban areas of Kinshasa, comprising essentially over 25.000 households in Kimbanseke, will have greater access to electricity. In the medium term, the project will lead to the establishment of institutions endowed with the appropriate skills for the optimal development of the entire Inga site.

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-054
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name KONATE Ibrahima

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-4.375 15.97 Kinshasa City
-4.44028 15.41344 Kimbanseke