Canada firm to revamp Angola’s Matala hydroelectric dam

5 November 2009

Luanda, Angola, 5 Nov – The Angolan government has approved a project to rehabilitate the Matala hydroelectric dam and its power infrastructure due the need to supply energy to the provinces of Huila and Namibe, officials said.

State power utility ENE has signed contracts with SNC-Lavalin of Canada to carry out the repair work on the dam and a consortium of H3P, TILCA and Maxipro will undertake inspection of the project.

Angola’s government has also authorized the Luanda Energy Ministry to ink a contract with Kamazuro-Electric, an Angolan-owned firm, to refurbish hydroelectric plants in Lomaum in Benguela province.

The project “will have huge relevance” for the economic development of the provinces of Benguela, Huambo and Bie, an official statement said.

The Luanda authorities have also contracted Kamazuro-Electric to modernize and manage hydroelectric plans on the River Dande in Bengo province. This project will reduce power shortages in Luanda and Bengo provinces and permit sustainable development with low-cost power.

The deadline for refurbishment of the two dams is 16 months and they will be run over a 20-year concession with the operator making all necessary investment, the government communiqué added. (macauhub)