The Gove hydroelectric dam, construction of which cost US$279 million and was built by Brazilian construction group Odebrecht, was formally inaugurated Thursday by the Angolan President, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
Located 119 kilometres from the city of Caála, the dam is producing electricity for the city as well as for Huambo, the capital of the province of the same name, as well as for Cuito, in Bié province.
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 as fighting spread within the region.
The dam’s reconstruction project, after the dam was partially destroyed by dynamite in 1990, began in mid 2001.
The dam has three turbines with a capacity of 20 megawatts each, which will benefit over 30,000 consumers.
The Angolan news agency also said that the sub-stations of Caála, Dango, and Benfica had been inaugurated, the latter in the city of Huambo, which together with the distribution network cost US$80 million. (macauhub)