Modernisation work begins on Angola’s Matala Dam

8 August 2011

Lubango, Angola, 8 Aug – Work to modernise Matala Dam in Huila province, initially planned to start in May 2010, began last week after the financial problems that forced the delay were overcome, Angola’s Angop news agency has reported.

The regional director of the Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE), João Pinto, told Angop on Friday that the project would take three years to complete. But he stressed that the supply of electric power along the Matala/Lubango/Namibe axis, produced in two turbines with a 26 megawatt capacity, will not be interrupted.

Three more hydroelectric facilities with the same capacity are needed to meet demand in the province, especially for interconnection of the central and southern system, as well as the installation of an 80 megawatt turbine in Namibe, Pinto said.

The work on the Matala Dam structure involves a thorough overhaul. The old turbines (three) will be replaced by new ones in a project budgeted at US$255 million.

The French company SNC-Lavalin is responsible for the project. (macauhub)