Angolan government studies construction of hydroelectric facility in Cunene province

22 October 2012

Economic and environmental impact studies have been ordered by the Angolan government for construction of hydroelectric dam with an installed capacity of 600 megawatts, in Benze, Cunene province, said the governor of the province.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Governor António Didalelwa said that construction of the project would depend on the governments of Angola and Namibia, which will share the cost of building the hydroelectric facility in Angola.

The governor also said that whilst waiting for the project to be carried out, the 6 megawatts of electricity currently purchased from Namibia would be increased to 10 megawatts, and that the respective transmission line is currently under construction.

“These 10 megawatts, to which it will be necessary to add similar amounts produced by generator groups and from solar energy, are not likely to be enough to supply urban areas, agricultural and industrial units that are expected to be built in the province,” noted Didalelwa. (macauhub)