Cambambe hydroelectric facility in Angola to have installed capacity of 960 MW

24 June 2011

Uíge, Angola, 24 June – The Cambambe hydroelectric plant, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, will have an installed capacity of 960 megawatts, contributing to reducing Angola’s energy deficit, Angola’s minister for water and energy, Emmanuela Vieira Lopes said Thursday in Uíge.

According to the minister, who was speaking at the opening of the First Extended Consultative Council of the Ministry for Energy and Water, due to end Friday, the increased capacity of the Cambambe dam is the result of the government’s plan to repair, expand and build new hydroelectric facilities.

The Cambambe dam, which was built between 1958 and 1962 and is located in the municipality of the same name, currently operates with four generator groups, with a capacity of 45 megawatts each, two of which have been out of service since 2009, as part of the process to modernise and expand the dam.

In her speech, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister announced joint studies carried out by Angola and Namibia for construction of a hydroelectric dam, called Baynes, which will provide each country with around 200 megawatts of electricity.

The minister also said that work to modernise other hydroelectric facilities, such as Mabubas, Matala and Lomaum, was underway and that contracts to build transmission lines had been approved at a recent session of the Council of Ministers held in Menongue, Cuando Cubango province.

The minister also said that a new thermal power plant was being built in Cabinda province, with a capacity of 75 megawatts, whilst in Soyo (Zaire) construction of a combined-cycle plant was underway with an installed capacity of 400 megawatts. (macauhub)