Recently, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) and Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)and met withthenational leaders. They had in-depth discussions on issues such as accelerating the building of African Energy Interconnection, advancing hydropower development in the lower reaches of the Congo River and co-development of electricity, mining and metallurgy and other industries, and establishing African Energy Interconnection Sustainable Development Alliance (AEISDA),with important consensusesreached. During his visit to Congo-Kinshasa, Liu Zhenya held talks with Congo-Kinshasa’s Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala (accompanied by Léonard She Okitundu, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration), Ingele Ifoto, Minister for Energy, and Kalala, Director of the Agency for the Development and Promotion of Grand Inga (ADPI), respectively.During his visit to Congo-Brazzaville, Liu Zhenya held talks with Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso (accompanied by Serge Blaise Zoniaba, Minister for Energy & Hydraulics), Prime Minister Clément Mouamba (accompanied by Minister Serge Blaise Zoniaba), Mekondongo,Secretary-General of Central African Power Pool (CAPP), respectively, and achieved positive results.
Liu Zhenya emphasized that the essence of Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) is “Smart Grid, UHV Grid and Clean Energy”; GEI is an important platform for the large-scale development, allocation, and use of clean energy worldwide and provides a fundamental solution for meeting global challenges, such as resource shortage, environmental pollution, climate change, and electricity for population without access to electricity, and for boosting global sustainable development.
Liu pointed out that the Pioka-Grand Inga-Matadi section (more than 300km long) in the lower reaches of the Congo River is the richest region in the world in terms of hydropower resources, which if fully exploited, can output the total installed capacity of 110 GW. Over the years, the exploitation of hydropower in the Congo River and African mineral resources has been hindered by the lack of funds, lack of markets, lack of technology, and lack of coordination. On one hand, there is a severe shortage of power, and on the other hand, hydropower resources are draining away without being utilized, which severely hampers the economic and social development in the region. To address this situation, GEIDCO innovatively put forward the idea of co-development of electricity, mining and metallurgy and other industries: using UHV power transmission technology to build African Energy Interconnection, satisfying the power demand of Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville and transmitting hydropower from the Congo River to West Africa, North Africa, East Africa, and South Africa, coordinating market demands, and utilizing energy and mineral resource advantages in a coordinated manner to create an industry chain for upstream-downstream co-development, benefit sharing, and win-win cooperation. Accelerating hydropower exploitation at the Congo River and co-development of electricity, mining and metallurgy and other industries will effectively boost leap-type sustainable economic and social development in African countries such as Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville. AEISDA, jointly initiated by GEIDCO and the Guinean government, will be dedicated to promoting the clean and integrated development of Africa with higher level of industrialization and electrification and has received positive responses and support from many countries.
Liu Zhenya met with Congo-Kinshasa’s Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala.
Congo-Kinshasa’s Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala said, electric power is indispensable for the exploitation of Africa’s natural and mineral resources, and the government of Congo-Kinshasa attaches great importance to the development of Grand Inga and other projects and will actively support African Energy Interconnection and cross-national electricity transmission, accelerate the external delivery of clean hydropower from the Congo River, and accelerate the launch and implementation of the Grand Inga project. Ingele Ifoto, Congo-Kinshasa’s Minister for Energy, said GEIDCO provides an important solution for resolving Congo-Kinshasa’s energy issues and that Congo-Kinshasa fully supports the building of African Energy Interconnection and welcomes Chinese enterprises to participate in joint promotion of Congo-Kinshasa’s energy electricity business. Kalala, Director of ADPI, acknowledged what GEIDCO had done for the development of the Grand Inga project and expressed thanks to GEIDCO. He added that Congo-Kinshasa is willing to work with GEIDCO to jointly advance project implementation and to launch work and production as soon and smoothly as possible.
Liu Zhenya met with Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
Liu Zhenya met with Congo-Brazzaville’s Prime Minister Clément Mouamba.
Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso said, Congo-Brazzaville attaches great importance to regional energy interconnection and is willing to actively support GEIDCO’s effort to deepen research on developing and transmitting hydropower in the lower reaches of the Congo River. He appreciated the initiative of AEISDA, adding that Congo-Brazzaville intends to work with relevant parties to promote the clean and integrated development of Africa with higher level of industrialization and electrification. Congo-Brazzaville and China have longstanding friendship, and the field of energy & electricity is an important cooperation area for both countries. Congo-Brazzaville welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Congo-Brazzaville and to contribute to the economic and social development of Congo-Brazzaville. Congo-Brazzaville’s Prime Minister Clément Mouamba said, China has made major breakthroughs in the field of UHV power transmission, which makes Africa’s cross-national electricity transmission technologically feasible. Congo-Brazzaville is willing to further strengthen exchange and cooperation with GEIDCO to deepen research, explore Congo-Brazzaville’s hydropower development potential, advance infrastructure construction and interconnection project implementation, and support Congo-Brazzaville’s economic development. Mekondongo, Secretary-General of Central African Power Pool,said the central African region plays an important role in Africa’s regional power grid interconnection and hopes to enhance exchange and cooperation with GEIDCO, utilize each other’s advantages, and boost the building of African Energy Interconnection and Africa’s integration process.
Africa has the greatest development potential in the world, considering its abundant resources, huge population, and ample development space. To realize Africa’s sustainable development, we must grasp the key issue, namely energy, accelerate the building of African Energy Interconnection, advance clean energy development and co-development of electric power, mining and metallurgy industries, utilize Africa’s resource advantages, boost resource exploitation with clean development and boost economic transformation with energy transformation, thereby driving the sustainable development of the African economy, society, and environment. During the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), GEIDCO, together with African Union Commission and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), jointly held the Forum on African Energy Interconnection Development, released the African Energy Interconnection Planning Research Report, with multiple cooperation agreementsbeing signed.During the event,GEIDCO cooperated with the Guinean government to jointly unveil an initiative to launch AEISDA, which received extensive support and responses from African countries.