New turbine at Kambambe dam in Angola to start providing power this month

5 August 2011

Dondo, Angola, 5 Aug – The first of four new turbines to be installed at the Kambambe hydroelectric dam, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, is due to start producing electricity as of 20 Aug, Angolan news agency Angop learned from a project official.

Following its total refurbishment, the new group will have an installed capacity of 65 Megawatts (MW), as compared to 45 MW previously, and this will be increased to 260 MW produced by the end of the modernisation work scheduled for July, 2012.

Douglas Paulino Duarte, director of Elecnor said that tests on the first turbine were underway along with the installation of turbine number three, refurbishment of which is at an advanced stage, and its conclusion is expected in December, 2011.

After the two generator groups start operating the remaining two will be de-activated in order to be replaced.

The project to modernise the dam, which began in March 2009, is part of an Angolan government programme, granted in January of the same year to Brazilian company Odebrecht.

As well as replacing the old turbines the project includes increasing the height of the dam and construction of a new power plant with four machines with a capacity of 175 MW each.

The Kambambe dam, which was built between 1958 and 1974, 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.

As well as Brazilian company Odebrecht, the project involves German consortium Voith, which is to supply the turbines, France’s Alston, which will supply the generators and Brazil’s Engevix, specialised in electronic engineering. (macauhub)