Baynes Dam on Cunene River in Angola to cost US$1.35 billion

16 May 2013

Construction of the Baynes dam, on the Cunene River in Angola’s Namibe province, which is due to begin in 2015, is expected to cost 130 billion kwanzas (US$1.35 billion), a member of the Angola/Namibia permanent joint technical commission.

Mário Fontes, who was speaking at the presentation of the environmental impact study for the Baynes hydroelectric project, said that the dam would have a power plant with a capacity to produce 600 megawatts, which will be paid for by Angola and Namibia equally.

Fontes noted that construction of the dam would change the natural conditions of the region, both to the flora and fauna, as well as the reservoir, which are being safeguarded by the poject’s joint technical commission.

According to Fontes, who did not specify how the project would be funded, once construction of the dam is concluded the power produced by the dam will reduce the electricity deficit in the regions cities and industries. (macauhub)