Angola’s Capanda hydroelectric dam to be fully operational in July

11 June 2007

Capanda, Angola, 11 June – Work on Angola’s Capanda hydroelectric dam will conclude in July when a fourth generator comes on-stream to give the plant its full 520 megawatt capacity, an official has said.

The dam’s fourth generator will enter commercial power production on July 19, Vieira Lopes, director-general of the Mid-Kwanza Development Office told national media during the recent visit of Angola’s president to Malanje province.

Lopes also said that although three of Capanda’s generators are operational, pylons carrying a high-tension cable to Viana and Luanda need to be cleared of mines before the full energy potential of the plant can be exploited.

Building of the Capanda hydro began in 1982 when the Angolan government signed a contract with Brazil’s Odebrecht and Technopromexport of Russia.

The project has involved total investment of US$ 2.6 billion and besides allowing power grids in the north, centre and south of Angola to be connected, also permits the level of the River Kwanza to be regulated downstream of the dam.

This, in turn, will allow another seven dams to be built along the river with combined estimated power output of over 6,000 megawatts. ( macauhub)