Knight Piésold RDC was awarded the Engineering Award for hydropower development at the 7th National Conference on Energy in the DRC (NRJ 7). The conference, held at GPM Katebi Lodge in Kolwezi from May 9 to 11, 2024, concluded with Hugues Nkulu Ngoy, a senior hydrogeologist at Knight Piésold RDC, accepting the award.

The Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC) recognized Knight Piésold RDC for its contributions to hydropower development in the DRC. This acknowledgment highlights the company’s expertise in providing engineering and environmental services and its role in advancing local projects through both local and international expertise.

The NRJ 7 conference, organized by the FEC, focused on “Celebration of New Sources of Electric Energy.” It showcased infrastructure projects under development and rehabilitation across the country and included discussions on sector regulations, lithium and cobalt project developments, energy supply agreements, and investments in the DRC.

Participants included key energy sector figures such as public institutions, investors, and stakeholders, who discussed solutions to the country’s growing power supply challenges.

Knight Piésold has been involved in hydropower projects in the DRC for nearly 20 years, including feasibility studies and condition assessments for projects like Budana, Soleniama, Nzoro, Sombwe, and Ulindi. The company also supports mining operations by enhancing power system reliability and developing new power sources. For the Kibali Gold Mine, Knight Piésold audited its existing hydro and diesel stations, transmission, and distribution facilities, and oversaw the design and construction of the Azambi Hydropower Project, which generates approximately 64 GWh of renewable energy annually.

“At Knight Piésold, we mobilize local and global specialists to support clients in identifying and developing hydropower and other renewable sources of energy to meet the increasing demand of mining operations in the DRC, across Africa, and around the world,” said Robert Greyling, Technical Director of Water and Power at Knight Piésold Southern Africa.