Angola: Kuito, Saurimo and Kuena power stations costs US$54.8 million

13 March 2008

Luanda, Angola, 13 March – New thermoelectric power stations are to be built on the cities of kuito (Bié province), Saurimo (Lunda Sul) and Luena (Moxico) in a project that is expected to cost US$54.8 million, Angolan news agency Angop reported Wednesday.

The agency said that the contracts for supply and assembly, as well as inspection, have been approved by the government and signed by Angolan power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE) with the respective winners of the public tenders.

The Kuito power station will be made up of four groups of diesel-fired generators and have an installed capacity of 10 megawatts.

The deadline for carrying out the work, which has been granted to Belgium’s TSE-Techniques Speciales a L’Export (Angola branch), is 30 months and the cost is estimated at US$19.7 million.

The Saurimo plant will have three groups of diesel-powered generators, with an installed capacity of 7.5 megawatts.

The deadline for carrying out this contract is also 30 months and TSE is also responsible for building the plant for US$15.9 million.

The Luena plant will also have three groups of diesel-powered generators and an installed capacity of 7.5 megawatts.

The contract for supply and assembly of this unit, worth US$17.2 million, was signed with Jembas – Assistência Técnica and work is expected to take 29 months.

The task of inspecting the assembly work for the power stations will be carried out by NPF Lda.

ENE chose thermal power plants made up of low rotation groups because they suffer from less wear and need fewer check ups after longer periods of work. (macauhub)