20 May 2013, 03:01

World's largest power station to be built in Congo

World's largest power station to be built in Congo

The world's largest hydroelectric power station is to be built in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The construction of a hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 40 thousand megawatts will begin on the Congo River in 2015 according to statement by the government.

According to the World Bank’s data the hydropower resources of the Congo are approximately 100,000 megawatts.

Upon successful completion of the project named the Great Inga the country will generate electricity for half of Africa.

Many companies are vying for a chance to take part in the project including the Chinese Sinohydro and Three Gorges, the Spanish Actividades de Construccion y Servicios, and South Korea's Daewoo and Posco in partnership with Canada's SNC Lavalin.

At present, the world's largest hydropower plant is the Chinese "Three Gorges" which produces more than 22,000 megawatts.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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