Huambo, Angola, 30 Jan – The Angolan Energy and Water Minister, João Baptista Borges, recently announced in Huambo the inauguration of the Ngove hydroelectric dam, serving the provinces of Huambo and Bié, next August.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister said that on 31 March the first turbine would start being tested and the remaining generator groups would start operating by the end of July.
The Ngove hydroelectric dam is located 119 kilometres from the city of Huambo, has an installed capacity to produce 60 megawatts and its reconstruction, in the hands of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, is expected to cost US$150 million.
Construction work on the dam began in 1969 and came to a halt in 1975 due to the country’s civil war, was taken up again in 1983 but stopped again in 1986.
The dam’s reconstruction project, after the dam was partially destroyed in 1990, began in mid 2001. (macauhub)