Luanda, Angola, 22 May – Chinese company Sino Hydro Corp is finalising construction work on the Gangelas hydroelectric dam and the irrigation channel in Angola’s Huíla province, Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.
The first stone for building the Gangelas dam was laid in mid 1975 but the start of the project was not possible before 2002, due to the civil war Angola suffered in the meantime.
The first phase of the work ended in 2007 and the second phase is now in its concluding stages.
The irrigation channel, which covers an area of around 1,400 hectares of arable land, will make its possible to grow maize, massango, massambala, as well as leguminous plants, vegetables and citrus fruits.
The projects, which was designed by the central government, as part of a national programme worth some US$5 million, was funded by China’s Eximbank.
There are 79 technicians, of both Angolan and Chinese nationality working on the project.
The dam can store around 3.5 million cubic metres of water.
The project will transform the municipality of Chibia, which has an estimated population of 133,000 people, into a high production agricultural area and benefit 116,000 rural workers grouped into 60 farming associations and cooperatives. (macauhub)