DRC’s Kakobola Dam Community to Connect to Grid

Power-line construction has restarted at Kakobola, linking the local community to the Kakobola hydroelectric dam, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Kwilu province. This is after the project was delayed for four years.

According to local sources, construction works started August 10 and are being run by Indian construction company l’Entreprise Angélique Internationale, which built the dam, and Indian infrastructure consultancy firm WAPCOS.   

The finalization of the works and the connection of the community to the grid will provide water and electricity to this isolated part of the country and allow for enhanced economic development. 

The Kakobola dam is one of the DRC’s numerous hydroelectric structures. Boasting half of Africa’s hydroelectric potential, the country is currently embarking on the ambitious Grand Inga Dam project, which comprises seven hydroelectric plants that could altogether produce enough power to meet 40% of the continent’s demand.