Russia to fund construction of two hydroelectric dams in Angola

15 June 2009

Luanda, Angola, 15 June – Russia plans to fund the construction of two dams in Angola, to be built along the river Kwanza, in the Malanje/Kwanza Norte corridor, the Russian ambassador to Angola, Sergyeu Nenachev said in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop to commemorate 12 June, Russia’s national day, the ambassador said that construction of the hydroelectric dams was part of a package of economic aid that Angola and Russia were focused on establishing.

Despite not providing a figure for the funding involved, the diplomat said that the two dams would be built at points between Kapanda (Malanje province) and Cambambe (Kwanza Norte) and would have a production capacity of 2,000 megawatts of power.

The fall of the Berlin wall in 1990 reduced the level of economic cooperation that Angola had had with the disassembled Soviet Union and which led to the creation, amongst other states, of the Russian Federation.

According to the diplomat, Angola and Russia now agree on the “need for a new dynamic and diversification in economic and commercial cooperation.”

The ambassador said that as part of the efforts made by the Angolan government to improve its telecommunications system, Russia would take part in building and putting into orbit of the Angosat satellite.

Last June the Angolan government announced that the country would have a satellite known as Angosat, and that building, placing in orbit and operation of the satellite would be the responsibility of a Russian consortium led by Rosobon Export.

Installing the satellite will make it possible to provide international access, support and expansion of broadband Internet services, transmission to telecommunications operators and access to support for television and radio network services. (macauhub)