Helical Turbines in the HUG have been successfully developed over the last 15 years. The present electric turbine systems are working at 60% efficiency. For example, the Nseke Power Plant, which was built in 1956, has only 3 of its 4 turbines in operation even though it is suppose to produce 62% of the Katanga Mining Region. Rehabilitating these plants will cost over US$840 million (2015 estimate) to solve the Katanga Energy Problem.
There is a promise to increase the available power supply from the Inga hydroelectricity facility to 450 MW to the Katanga Province by 2015. One company alone, Katanga Mining Ltd., will needs 250 MW.
KATANGA ENERGY PROBLEM SOLVED
Let’s Think out of the Box
If you examine the map above, you will notice the proximity of Rapids or Waterfalls near the mining sites of Mutanda, Kisamfu, Tenke Fungurume, Kalakundi, and even Kolwezi to name a few. The red dots represent power stations in the area.
The Rapids HUG
Each of these mining companies have the potential of becoming Africa’s largest copper producer and the world’s largest cobalt producers — if they had enough electricity. Continue reading KATANGA ENERGY PROBLEM SOLVED 2