Angola to repair large dams in order to solve energy deficit

28 April 2011

Malange, Angola, 28 April – Angola’s Energy and Water Minister, Emanuela Vieira Lopes, said Monday in Capanda (Malange province) that the deficit in the electricity sector in Angola would be overcome by repairing large dams in the country, state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

“We are repairing them to minimise the current energy deficit, which should improve with the Lahuca dam, which has an installed capacity of 2,000 megawatts and the Caculo Cabassa dam,” the minister said adding that the two dams would provide energy for the north, centre and south of the country.

On the sidelines of the closing ceremony for the technicians’ course for exploration of the Gove hydroelectric dam, the minister said that the country’s energy sector had a system inter-linking mechanism, with which it expected to gain a substantial improvement in energy distribution.

The government’s biggest concern, the minister said, was to overcome the current deficit situation in the country and in order to deal with that the Mabubas dam was currently being refurbished and that its respective transmission lines were also being built.

The Lomaum dam is also being rebuilt as is its transmission line, although more slowly than the Mabubas dam.

Other dams that are also undergoing reconstruction are the Matala dam and the Cambambe dam, she said.

A thermal power plant is also under construction in Zaire province, which is designed to have an installed capacity of 400 megawatts. (macauhub)