Lumaum dam in Benguela, Angola, undergoes refurbishment

15 October 2009

Luanda, Angola, 15 Oct – Refurbishment work on the Lumaum Hydroelectric Dam, the biggest power producer in Angola’s Benguela province, began with the removal of equipment destroyed in the country’s civil war, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

Accordingt o Angolan news agency Angop when the refurbishment of the dam is complete within three years, it will produce 50 MW of electricity, which will add to the joint 48 MW supplied by the Kileva thermal power plant (38 MW) and Benguela thermal power plant (10 MW).

Alcides Bravo da Rosa, provincial director for national electricity company, ENE, said that with conclusion of the work the level of electricity production in Benguela would increase, making it possible for municipalities in the interior to receive electricity, as they are currently supplied only by diesel generators.

The ENE official said that when the Lumaum Hydroelectric Dam is in operation, many of the thermal power plants that supply the city of Benguela are due to go out of service, and will then only be used in emergency situations. (macauhub)