About eight million consumers, mostly in the northern Kwanza Norte, Luanda and central Kwanza Sul provinces, will get power supply from the Cambambe hydroelectric dam as from 2016, Angop learned.
The information was released by the project director, Alberto Carneiro, who added that under the project of modernisation and expansion of the Kambambe dam, in northern Kwanza Norte province, its production capacity will rise from 180 to 960 MW.
The official was speaking to journalists during a visit the vice president of the Republic, Manuel Vicentre, paid to the plant.
He said that the works on the dam started in 2009 and included the full rehabilitation of the four generators comprising the section I of the plant, as part of the first phase.
Alberto Carneiro said that the second and third phases of the works will involve the construction of the station II and the elevation of the dam fall to over 30 metres.
This, he added, will enable a production of 700 MW of electricity, at a rate of 175 MW per generator as from December 2015, followed by the subsequent phases.
According to him, with the full rehabilitation of the section I of the dam, it will have an accumulated power of 260 MW, against the 180 currently being explored.
Once added to the section II, the capacity will rise to 960 MW which is considered sufficient to supply new industrial growth points around the country.
The source stated that should the schedule be tightly followed, the whole operation of rehabilitation and expansion will be complete by 2016.
Meanwhile, in his few-hour visit to the Kambambe hydroelectric dam, vice president Manuel Vicente was accompanied by members of his office, by the ministers of Energy and Construction, João Baptista Borges and Waldemar Pires Alexandre, respectively.
The governor of Malanje province, Norberto dos Santos, the deputy governor of Kwanza Norte for political and social affairs, José Alberto Kipungo, and other government officials accompanied the vice president in his tour of the plant.