First phase of Laúca hydroelectric facility, in Angola, due for conclusion in 2013

14 December 2012

The Laúca hydroelectric facility, under construction on Angola’s River Kwanza, is due to start operating in 2017 with two turbines and capacity to supply electricity to 750,000 people, the project’s director Elias Damião Estevão told newspaper Novo Jornal.

The first phase of the project will be concluded by the end of 2013. This will include diverting the river and construction of two water tunnels, each 740 metres long. This part of the project was awarded to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

The Laúca hydroelectric facility, which is expected to produce a total of 2,067 megawatts of power on the River Kwanza, along which the Caculo-Cabassa, Túmulo do Caçador, Zenza I and Zenza II dams are also due to be built.

According to Estevão, the Capanda dam, built upstream of Laúca, will regulate the water flow to the new hydroelectric facility.

The Laúca dam is Angola’s biggest hydroelectric project and is expected to cost an estimated US$3.7 billion. (macauhub)