Construction of Tchihumbwe hydroelectric dam begins in Angola

10 July 2013

The first stone of the planned Tchihumbwe hydroelectric dam in Dala municipality of Angola’s Lunda Sul province was laid on Monday by Energy and Water Minister João Baptista Borges, reports Angolan news agency Angop.

The dam will have a capacity of 12.4 megawatts and should become operational in 28 months. It will reinforce the electric power supply for the provinces of Moxico, Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte.

Three thermal power plants are now being built for that purpose in the capital cities of Moxico, Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte, with respective capacities of 7.5, 5 and 30 megawatts.

On the occasion, Borges said that in 18 months Angola and Namibia would build a joint dam in the border area along the Cunene River.

He specified that the dam would be jointly managed, adding that the project’s feasibility studies were nearing completion.

The dam planned for the Cunene River will have an installed capacity of 600 megawatts. The energy produced should be divided equally between the two countries. (macauhub)