Cambambe dam in Angola to start operating fully in October 2012

14 October 2011

Luanda, Angola, 14 Oct – The Cambambe hydroelectric dam in Angola is due to be fully operational as of October 2012, the production director for energy company ENE, José Carlos Neves said Thursday in Luanda.

Speaking to radio station Rádio Nacional de Angola, the director said that the dam, located in the province of Kwanza Norte, was benefitting from reparation and modernisation work and that current production capacity was half of what it usually was.

“When the dam is fully operational it will improve the power supply to the city of Luanda and other regions of the country,” he noted.

In relation to the power outages experienced in Luanda, Neves said that the capital had a number of thermal power plants, mainly using gas-fired generators, which, although they have a joint capacity of 350 megawatts just 145 megawatts are available as the Cazenga plant is used only to cover peaks of consumption and power outages. (macauhub)