Angola’s power production capacity to be boosted

6 June 2012

Angola’s electricity production capacity will be boosted this year with the conclusion of work to expand the Cambambe dam, in Kwanza Norte province, scheduled for July of this year, a source from the Energy and Water Ministry said Monday in Luanda.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the source said that the dam, which was originally built in the 1950s, began to be refurbished and widened in 2010 and its capacity will be expanded to 700 megawatts following construction of a new power plant and increase in the height of the dam.

The project also includes construction and exploration of mini hydroelectric plants and will cost a total of US$16.5 billion.

Information from the ministry shows that the US$12 billion investment outlined until 2016 for the energy sector will be applied in the north of Angola, which includes the provinces of Bengo, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul, Luanda, Malanje, Uíge, and Zaire.

The programme includes repairing and expanding system to that installed capacity can reach 5,000 megawatts in order to ensure a reliable energy supply across the country. (macauhub)