Call to involve private player in DRC power sector
from JEAN PIERRE KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A MINING executive has advised the Democratic Republic of Congo government to engage an independent transmission operator to address the country’s power challenges.
Charles Carron Brown, Chief Operations Officer of Tiger Resourcesâ Kipoi Mine, pointed out that the electrical power shortfalls were the biggest setback facing the country’s mining industry.
It is essential that the government gets to grips with the lack of power.To do this it is vital that an independent transmission system operator be brought in to operate the high voltage transmission network. SNEL cannot be both producer and responsible for transmission as this is a conflict of interest, Brown said ahead of the iPAD DRC Mining and Infrastructure Indaba set for Kinshasa in October.
If we are to have Independent Power Producers (IPPs), as is desperately needed and is proposed by the government, then the transmission of power must be transparent, regulated and independent of power generation.
SNEL is the country’s national electricity company.
Brown noted his sentiments should not be considered a threat to SNEL or its employees as SNEL would continue to be the biggest power producer and seller in the DRC while employees involved in transmission will be working for the independent transmission system operator.
What international investor would invest $100 million in a power station if he cannot be sure that his power will be delivered to his customers? Brown quipped.
Meanwhile, iPAD DRC Mining and Infrastructure Indaba and Katanga Mining Week are organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.
The events run from October 15-16.
– CAJ News
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