Ngove dam, Angola to start producing electricity in February, 2011

29 January 2010

Huambo, Angola, 29 Jan – The Ngove hydroelectric dam is due to start producing electricity as of February 2011, the director general of the Office for the Hydrographical Facility of the Cunene Basin, Gomes da Silva said Thursday in Huambo.

According to Gomes da Silva, the refurbishment of the dam,, located 120 kilometres south of the city of Huambo, is at an advanced stage and will make it possible to operate a 20 megawatt turbine and, four months later, put another two similar turbines in operation, totalling 60 megawatts.

The tests on the first turbine, which will initially produce electricity only for the cities of Huambo and Kuito (Bié province), are scheduled for December of this year and January, 2011.

The project, which is expected to cost US$150 million, is to refurbish the dam and set up a power plant, and is being carried out by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

The contract includes recuperation and construction of houses for the facility’s operators, as well as an aerodrome with 1,060-metre runway.

Gomes da Silva said that the Ngove dam, as well as producing electricity, would continue to regulate the flow of the Ruacanã dam, in Matala.

Construction work on the Ngove dam began in 1969, and was interrupted in 1975 due to the civil war. In 1983 work was re-launched, but in 1986 was interrupted again and in 1990 dynamite caused its partial destruction. (macauhub)