Luanda electricity supply system to have four new power stations

29 October 2009

Luanda, Angola, 29 Oct – An emergency programme to boost electricity supply in Luanda is due to be implemented between December of this year and April 2010 when a further four power plants go online, with capacity of 200 megawatts, the Angolan energy minister said Monday in Luanda.

During a meeting with members of a commission of the National Assembly, Emanuela Lopes said that studies to carry out the plan would be concluded and available by the end of the year.

According to the minister, the plan also includes the recuperation and modernisation of the Cambambe hydroelectric dam, including raising the dam wall, work which is already underway, to ensure the greater reliability and availability of the facility, as well as to maximise its production capacity and make it possible to build the second power plant.

Lopes also said that a plan for recuperation and reconditioning of the Cazenga thermoelectric power plant was also being studied. The plant is made up of five groups of gas-fired turbines, and its reconditioning aims to make the facility more profitable.

The minister also told the members of the commission that her ministry was planning to build the System for Transmission of Electricity at 400 kilovolts between Capanda, Lucala and Luanda, including the expansion of the Viana substation and construction of the Cacuaco substation next December. (macauhub)