Azara Blog: A plan to build world's largest hydroelectric dam

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Date published: 2008/04/21

The BBC says:

A plan to build the largest and most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world is being discussed in London.

Financiers and African politicians will look at how to finance the $80bn (£40bn) cost of the Grand Inga project.

The plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo would generate twice as much energy as China's Three Gorges dam.

It is hoped it will boost Africa's electricity supply by a third, but opponents doubt it will help the poorest Africans without electricity.

Dams are generally not the most environmentally friendly source of electricity in the world. On the other hand, the idea that we should oppose it because it will not "help the poorest Africans without electricity" is rather ridiculous. On that excuse nothing would ever get built anywhere. Of course it is important to compensate those who would be directly affected by its construction. This did not happen with the Three Gorges dam. Then again, people in the UK who are affected by construction up and down the country (both by the State and otherwise) are not properly compensated either, so it's not as if this is an issue unique in the developing world.

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