Chinese company to overhaul Lubango power plant in Angola

24 January 2006

Lubango, Angola, 24 Jan – The Lubango power plant in Angola will go back into production later this year after refurbishment work, Angolan news agency Angop reported Tuesday quoting the director of the southern region of Angola’s national electricity company, Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE), Celestino João.

João said that after 8 years without generating electricity, the plant in the central are of the province of Huíla, in Southern Angola, will be subjected to an overhaul by a Chinese company which, as well as setting it in operation again, will substitute some of the plant’s principal components.

With an installed capacity of 12.5 megawatts, the cost of recovering the power plant is expected to total US$8 million.

João also said that power from the refurbished plant would be an alternative to that generated by the Matala hydroelectric dam and would improve energy supply to the inhabitants of Lubango.

The Matala dam has a potential production capacity of 27 megawatts, but in reality that capacity is reduced by half due to constant breakdowns of the generation sector. (macauhub)