Frost & Sullivan Research Service   Published: 12 May 2008
Strategic Analysis of the DRC Electricity Industry
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This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Strategic Analysis of the DRC Electricity Industry provides a detailed examination of the current state of the DRC power industry, and drivers, restraints and challenges that impact the industry. It also includes an assessment of the main participants, key success factors, future projects and investment opportunities inherent in the industry. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following technologies: power generation: hydropower plants, thermal power plants; power transmission: AC/DC transmission lines; and power distribution: medium-voltage (less than 50 kV) power lines, electrical substations and pole-mounted transformers, low-voltage (less than 1,000 V) distribution wiring and electricity meters.

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   Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

  • Generation equipment
  • Transmission equipment
  • Distribution equipment

The following technologies are covered in this research:

  • Power Generation: hydropower plants, thermal power plants
  • Power Ttransmission: AC/DC transmission lines
  • Power Distribution: medium-voltage (less than 50 kV) power lines, electrical substations and pole-mounted transformers, low-voltage (less than 1,000 V) distribution wiring, electricity meters
   Market Overview

Tapping of DRC’s Tremendous Hydro Electricity Potential to Open up Investment Opportunities in the Country

With three decades of economic stagnation having taken its toll on Africa’s industrial development, governments are increasingly looking to develop energy infrastructure to attract the much-needed foreign direct investments. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country endowed with hydro electricity potential of approximately 100,000 MW, is tipped to become a central source of electricity for the entire continent. Most of this potential is untapped, considering the per cent of households in the country with access to electricity is still less than 6.0 per cent. However, this scenario is gradually changing due to growing electricity requirements in regions such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The prospects in the power sector are becoming increasingly attractive, opening up investment opportunities for independent power producers (IPPs) and management contracts in the generation segment.

DRC’s electricity industry is currently controlled by the state-owned Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL). The company, constrained by financial and managerial issues, has not invested in a consistent maintenance and overhaul program. Due to this, the energy infrastructure is now dilapidated, resulting in poor service and recurrent power outages. "If the many constraints are overcome and the reform of the sector is finally completed, the DRC electricity industry can become a key enabler of development for Southern Africa and beyond," says the analyst of this research.

  Table Of Contents

1. Introduction to the DRC Electricity Industry
    1. Motivation and Objectives for the Study
    2. Research Scope
    3. Research Methodology
    4. Executive Summary
    5. Total Market Analysis
    6. Current Infrastructure Analysis
    7. Legislative Environment
    8. Key Participants
    9. Investment Opportunities Analysis
    10. Future Market Development
    11. Strategic Conclusion

   List of Figures

Chapter 1

  • Electricity Industry: Key Market Drivers and Restraints (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Key Challenges (DRC), 2007-2013

Chapter 2

  • Electricity Industry: Economic Indicators (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Social Indicators (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Key Structures (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Key Success Factors (DRC), 2007-2013

Chapter 3

  • Electricity Industry: Current Generation Capacity (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Current Generation Capacity (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Current Generation Capacity (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Per Cent Share of Current Generation Capacity (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Feedstock Analysis for Major Power Plants (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Available Transmission Equipment (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Distribution Zones and Coverage (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Installed Distribution Capacities per Company (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Installed Distribution Capacities per Company (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Major IPPs in the DRC Power Generation (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Major IPPs in the DRC Power Generation (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Power Demand Forecast (DRC), 2006-2013
  • Electricity Industry: Supply-Demand Analysis (DRC), 2006-2013
  • Electricity Industry: Total Energy Use (DRC), 2006

Chapter 4

  • Electricity Industry: Estimated Collection Rates (DRC), 2006

Chapter 5

  • Electricity Industry: Major Participants (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: End-User Profile (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Roles and Goals of the Government (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: Skills Analysis (DRC), 2006

Chapter 6

  • Electricity Industry: State Planned Future Projects- Generation (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: State Planned Future Projects-Transmission (DRC), 2006
  • Electricity Industry: State Planned Future Projects-Distribution (DRC), 2006

Chapter 7

  • Electricity Industry: Possible Production Vs Demand (DRC), 2006-2013
  • Electricity Industry: Revenue Forecast (DRC), 2006-2013
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