2 January 2014

Angola: Construction of Laúca Dam to Cost Over AKZ 400 Billion

Over 400 billion kwanzas is the amount to be invested by the Angolan government in the construction of the Laúca Dam, located in northern Kwanza Norte province, which will have an installed capacity of 2060 Mega Watts (MW).

This was said to Angop on Tuesday in Luanda by the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.

He recalled that at this point tunnels are being built for the diversion of the river, an activity that will end by March 2014.

At this stage, he added that the technicians are also digging tunnels to give access to the machinery house, where equipment will be installed for the manufacture of the concrete for the dam structures.

The dam is expected to start producing power from the third quarter of 2017.

The minister also announced the rehabilitation works of the Cambambe Dam, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

"With the conclusion of this project, the Cambambe Dam will as from 2016 have an installed capacity of 960 MW, against the current 180 MW", he said.

Concerning the modernisation of the hydroelectric facilities all over the country, the minister highlighted the rehabilitation of the Gove Dam in the central Huambo province, which is already operating with an installed capacity of 60 MW, and the Matala Dam in Huila province, which benefitted from improvement works.

"The Lomaum and Mabubas Dams, destroyed during the war, were also rehabilitated although Lomaum Dam is not yet producing energy as the transmission line is still being placed, expecting to be completed in April 2014", the minister said.

He reported that his ministry is undertaking an infrastructural development plan that will enable the country to reach 9.000 MW of installed capacity by 2025, which is the major challenge for the sector.

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