Cuanza Norte to become Angola’s top province for hydroelectric power production

30 December 2013

Upon completion of the Laúca dam and modernisation of the Cambambe dam in the next five years, Cuanza Norte will become the Angolan province which produces the most hydroelectric power, said the project’s director, Elias Estevão.

Cited by Angop news agency, the director of the Middle Cuanza Development Office said that those two projects located midway up the Cuanza River were together forecast to produce 3,030 megawatts of electricity, with Laúca producing 2,070 megawatts and Cambambe 960.

Estevão said that power production was vital to promote industrialisation in Angola. It will enable more than 8 million Angolans, mainly from Luanda, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul and Uíge provinces, to have a regular and reinforced electric power supply starting in 2016.

The Cambambe dam was originally built in the 1950s. Since 2009 it has been undergoing repairs, enlargement and modernisation to raise its electric power production capacity from 180 megawatts to 960 megawatts.

The Cambambe dam modernisation project is being done in three stages, which involve raising the dam wall from 102 to 132 metres and building a new power plant with four generator units.

The Laúca hydroelectric complex will have two power plants, one comprising six generator units producing a total of 2,004 megawatts of electricity and another wind power unit able to produce 65 megawatts.

After the Brazilian company Odebrecht completes the work in 2018, the concrete Laúca dam will be 132 metres high, 1,100 metres wide and hold back a 188 sq. km reservoir. (macauhub)