The commercial exploration of the Gove dam is due to begin this month, following an experimental phase, said the head of the Office for Use of the Cunene Hydrographic Basin (GABHIC), Armindo Silva, speaking to Angolan news agency Angop.
The dam will provide electricity to the city of Huambo, capital of the province of the same name, and the city of Cuito (Bié province) to benefit, both in domestic and industrial terms, a population of around 4 million.
The hydroelectric facility has three 20 megawatt generators, which can operate on their own or as a group, and which will provide 7 megawatts of power to Cuito, and 12 to 13 megawatts to Huambo.
With this, Silva said, companies that are currently not competitive due to operating on power generators will be given a new drive.
He also said that, as part of the new dam starting to operate, an aerodrome, which so far has only had a runway used to evacuate people that may have been injured at the work site as well as for the arrival of parts and other equipment, is now awaiting certification by the National Civil Aviation Institute.
The aerodrome has a terminal for departures and arrivals, a pilots’ rest area, and the runway is able to receive Fokker 50 and C130 cargo aircraft. (macauhub)