Angola’s Capanda dam doubles power production capacity in July

6 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 7 March – The Capanda dam in Angola is set to double is power production capacity in July when a further two 130 megawatt units go online in order to boost the electricity supply to Luanda, officials have said.

Along with this investments will also be made in the construction of new transmission lines and the Capanda-Lucala-Luanda line will increase from 230 kilovolts to 400 kilovolts, which will boost the current system made up of the Capanda-Cambambe line and a further two from Cambambe to Luanda.

In order to carry out the project, budgeted at US$218 million, the Ministry of Energy and Water signed a contract with a consortium made up of Brazilian construction company Norberto Odebrecht and Spain’s Elencor S.A and Isolux Ingeniera.

The Capanda hydroelectric dam was launched in November 2005 and has a capacity of 529 megawatts. (macauhub)