The Congolese government, after a series of U-turns in the Grand Inga mega-dams project, is now looking again at plans proposed by China Three Gorges. Much to the chagrin of Australia's Fortescue Metals Group, which fears that it will lose the project.
After nearly three years of negotiations, Félix Tshisekedi's team has succeeded in winning substantial modifications in the concession agreement signed with the Emirati group by the Kabila regime in 2018 for the Banana deep-water port.
In the wake of the COP26 in Glasgow, the Congolese head of state is seeking to use his last few weeks at the head of the African Union to show that he is uniting the continent in its fight against global warming.
After a discussion with the boss of Fortescue Metals Group, the Australian firm slated to develop the Grand Inga project, the Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi abruptly cancelled a meeting devoted to the mega-dam project at which African Development Bank and African Union representatives had been due to speak.
Three months after a visit to Djibouti by Andrew Forrest, the billionaire boss of Australia's Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), an online meeting is due to be held in mid-September between representatives of Ismaïl Omar Guelleh's presidential administration (IOG) and the mining group.
Three years after Chinese state-owned firm Three Gorges signed a contract with Joseph Kabila's government, the company has been told it will no longer be given exclusive rights to develop the Inga III dam.
From Nouakchott to Djibouti and Johannesburg, more and more private firms are being drawn to the prospect of producing green hydrogen.
Australian mining magnate Fortescue, which is scouring the continent for renewable energy projects, has its sights set on a large-scale hydrogen project in Djibouti.
President Tshisekedi has a team of nine special advisors he likes to call on. Playing on rivalries among the members of Joseph Kabila's Front Commun pour le Congo, some have taken charge of state matters even if that means encroaching on the portfolios of the ministers concerned.
The Tahiti-based entrepreneur Dominique Auroy is pulling out all the stops to find new partners and get his project for a hydroelectric plant in Gabon back on track. He is being helped by Morocco's sustainable energy agency and Islamic Development Bank.
Initially planned for 2020, the new distribution station for the DRC's Inga I and Inga II hydropower plants will now not be ready until June 2021.
The Kasai-Central provincial assembly ousted governor Martin Kabuya in July, largely because of his conflict with the Chinese construction company CREC-7. He is now pulling out all the stops to get his job back.
Despite being embroiled in a violent political battle with Joseph Kabila supporters in Kinshasa, President Tshisekedi is having to organise the team which will have charge of managing his term as African Union chair in 2021.
With the rift between President Tshisekedi and his predecessor Kabila wide open, Paris does not want to see the former head of state entirely cast aside while Washington would be happy for him to disappear into the background.
Entrepreneur Rubar Sandi made a fortune in Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003. With the help of Indonesian authorities, he has now embarked on several major infrastructure projects in DRC.
On a visit to Kinshasa on 16 September, the Australian metals giant Fortescue put forward an ambitious plan to develop electrical power and mining projects.
After ACS pulled out of the adventure in January, five other Chinese firms have joined China Three Gorges Corp and Spain's AEE Power Holdings in The Inga Unified Consortium.
South Africa, which is counting on output from the Congolese mega-dam to alleviate its troubled electricity public utility Eskom, is nonetheless sceptical of Kinshasa's ability to carry out the project.
With African Union support, the DRC will in late April play host to dozens of VIPs to discuss the development of the Congo River scheme that comprises several vast dams.