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Singlebeam Echosounder Survey Helps Building a Dam in Congo

The Belgian colonial administration decided in the fifties to construct two dams in the river. About 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Kinshasa, two hydroelectric power stations were built. The Inga 1, with an installed capacity of 351 megawatts (MW), was completed in 1972. Ten years later, Inga 2 followed with a total capacity of 1424 MW. Inga 1 has six turbines of 58.5 MW and Inga 2 has eight of 178 MW each. Due to a lack of maintenance, Inga 1 and Inga 2 are largely out of order: in Inga 1 there are still two turbines and in Inga 2 two or three more.

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