Brazil’s Odebrecht to rebuild Angolan dam

6 August 2007

Luanda, Angola, 6 Aug – Odebrecht of Brazil has been awarded a contract by the Angolan authorities to reconstruct the Gove hydroelectric dam in the province of Huambo in a project valued at US$ 158 million, officials said.

João Baptista Borges, CEO of Angola’s EDEL power distribution utility, said Friday that the project would attract foreign investment to the region and assist the recovery of the national economy, ravaged by 30 years of civil conflict that ended in 2002.

“In colonial times, Huambo was the third-most industrialized city in Angola after Luanda and Benguela and is now on the way to being the second,” said Baptista Borges.

“Currently, industry is limited to small and medium investors. The building of Gove and the electrification of the provinces of Bie and Huambo will help the reconstruction of industry.”

The Gove hydroelectric dam, with a power output of about 60 megawatts, is the smallest of a series of hydroelectric projects launched since Angola’s ceasefire in 2002.

State news agency Angop said the Gove project involves the installation of three new 20 megawatt generator sets that will allow power to be sent to Huambo, Bie and Benguela.

The project is scheduled to begin this year and includes building of substations and power transmission lines.

The Gove dam is situated about 130 kilometers south of Huambo and will also provide irrigation to local agriculture. Construction of the dam began in the 1970s but work has abandoned due to Angola’s decent into civil war. (macauhub)