Aecom will work with edf to carry out the study on the site’s hydro development, and associated interconnection transmission lines. Engineering company RSW International, recently acquired by Aecom, will participate in the JV.

The Grand Inga site, located on the Congo River, has a potential of approximately 39,000MW of electricity. The length of the four associated transmission lines (Inga-Nigeria, Inga-Egypt, Inga-South Africa through Zambia and Inga-South Africa through Angola) would total more than 8000 miles.

“AECOM is pleased to play an important role in the development of what has the potential to become one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants,” said AECOM President and Chief Executive Officer John M. Dionisio. “The Grand Inga feasibility study will be an important first step in the overall vision of developing a continent-wide power grid for Africa.”

The feasibility study, financed by the African Development Bank, will be carried out over a period of two years under the direction of Société Nationale d’Électricité, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s power utility.