MyHydro To Start Construction Of The First Of 33 Small Hydropower Plants In DRC

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Using a new type of hydropower turbine invented by Natel Energy, MyHydro wants to help accelerate electrification rates in the country by exploiting its vast hydropower potential as well as across the African continent in general.

wants to help accelerate electrification rates in the country by exploiting its vast hydropower potential as well as across the African continent in general. Usually, when people think of hydropower in the DRC, they imagine the 40 GW Grand Inga project, which is often touted as the answer to Africa’s relentless power shortages. However, due to a host of challenges, the Grand Inga project has so far proven to be nothing more than a dream.

MyHydro is a partnership between international power developer Symbion Power and Natel Energy. MyHydro plans to invest over $1 billion over the next 10 years to install fish-safe, low-head hydropower-based distribution systems and their associated mini-grids at low cost across the African continent. MyHydro recently executed a contract to acquire four turbines from Natel Energy for the first of its 33 sites in the DRC, as part of the initial investment on the Lubi River in the Kasai Province.

These kinds of minigrids will help showcase the capabilities of distributed mini hydro projects built with the new technology. 1.2 MW of dependable electricity generation capacity can be delivered in just over a year and Hinks says that once global supply chains have recovered from the effects of the COVID pandemic it will be faster. These quick turnaround projects will be critical to the empowerment of local communities and help increase access to electricity where it is needed the most.

The MyHydro project on the DRC’s Lubi River will deliver 4.5 MW of renewable power to communities in the Kasai Province

Source: Energy Industry News (energyindustrynews.net)

 

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