Angola’s Capanda hydroelectric dam opens this week

9 July 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 July – The fourth and final turbine of Angola’s Capanda hydroelectric dam is scheduled to be in operation Thursday, bringing a project begun in 1982 to an end, a source close to the process told Macauhub.

Located on the Kwanza river (Malange province, northern Angola), the dam will have an installed capacity of 520 megawatts and was built in two stages by Russia’s Technopromexport and Brazil’s Odebrecht.

The first stage, handed over in November 2005, built the dam and put two turbines in operation. The second stage of the project involved the installation of two more turbines.

The project, contracted by the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water, had total investment of US$2.6 billion and was one of the main jobs carried out by Odebrecht in Angola, a country in which the Brazilian construction company is currently involved in 25 projects.

At Capanda, Odebrecht is building a 60-kilometer road, a residential village covering 255,000 square meters, an airport runway and other services, which will continue to be worked on until the end of the year.

In a statement sent to Macauhub, Odebrecht said “Capanda was the company’s most significant project in Angola, particularly because it was the first project won and because it was built during the Angolan civil war.”

As well as the construction sector, the Brazilian company also has interests in Angola’s oil, real estate, diamond and sanitation sectors. (macauhub)