Hydroelectric power, whether it be pumped storage, or run-of-river, is a low cost, clean form of energy in areas with rivers or dams. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with its abundant water resources, is ideally placed to support the development of both small and large-scale hydropower schemes.
Hydropower has already successfully been used as a source of power by the mining industry, an example of which is the Azambi hydropower project, the third hydropower project developed by Barrick’s Kibali gold mine. Beyond this, other players in the industry are considering the viability of powering their mines using this environment-friendly technology.
Access a recording of the panel discussion hosted by Mining Review Africa, ESI Africa, DRC Mining Week in partnership with Knight Piesold, which examined the potential of hydroelectric power in the DRC, for the benefit of the mining industry and the surrounding communities.
Key discussion points included:
- The country’s installed capacity and availability of hydroelectric power
- How to best harness hydropower in the DRC for the benefit of the mining industry and the surrounding communities
- How to ensure the most sustainable and beneficial hydropower projects
- Challenges/opportunities within the current hydroelectric power system
- Potential future hydropower sites and projects currently under development in the DRC
Laura Cornish, Editor-in-Chief | Mining Review Africa
Robert Greyling, Section Manager: Dams & Hydropower | Knight Piésold
Greyling specialises in dams and hydropower engineering. With a decade post graduate experience, he has designed all types of dams, ranging between 5 m to 260 m in height.
His experience extends from reconnaissance, feasibility and detailed design studies, through to construction implementation and project management for the design and supervision of RMC, RCC and CVC dam walls.
He is actively engaged in hydropower and has worked on mini to large hydro installations. This includes due diligence assessments of existing installations, detailed design, transient analyses, energy simulations, economic evaluations and construction supervision of HEPP schemes in Southern and Central Africa.
Getty Kasole, Senior Technical Advisor | Power Africa Off-grid Project DRC
Kasole manages all Power Africa Off-grid Project activities, including conducting assessments, identifying high-impact opportunities, contributing to annual work plans, and implementing approved activities.
Her role within the Power Africa Off-grid Project, which aims to democratise, decentralise, decarbonise, and digitise energy access in the DRC and across sub-Saharan Africa, uses her strengths in connecting energy companies, investors, and governments with market intelligence and opportunities for growth.
Her work builds connections between energy and other sectors, such as agriculture, health, and education, and supports USAID’s mission to integrate energy into business activities.
John Kanyoni, Managing Director | Tembo Power DRC
John Kanyoni graduated from University of Kinshasa (Faculty of Law). He has 18 years’ experience in the mining and trading industry. In addition to his role at Tembo Power DRC, Kanyoni is Vice President of the Chamber of Mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo in charge of tin, tantalite and tungsten at the Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC).
He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the International conference on the Great Lakes Region on Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes region, member of the OECD working group on the Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Moreover, John has over 13 years’ experience as Managing Director of METACHEM S.A.R.L, a company trading metal and chemicals in the Great Lake Region.