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DR Congo: Hydro projects face delays

Energy and water resources minister Jeannot Matadi Nenga has said that at least three hydropower projects should come on stream by the end of 2017. The 9.3MW Kakobola dam on the Lukufu River in Bandundu province should be completed by Indian companies Angelique International and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, “hopefully” by the end of Q1 2016 and “almost certainly” by the end of June, though this is at least three months behind the last announced schedule. Matadi Nenga said construction had not been easy, partly because the plant had to be built on a sandy riverbank.

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