Dam reconstruction in Angola expected to cost US$327 million

13 June 2014

Reconstruction of the Neves hydroelectric dam, in the Humpata municipality of Angola’s Huíla province, is expected to cost the Angolan government 32 billion kwanzas (US$327 million), said the director of the province’s Planning Office.

António Ngongo, who was speaking on the sidelines of a visit by the Minister for Land Administration, Bornito de Sousa, to the facility, said that the first phase of work would cost the treasury 8 billion kwanzas (US$82 million).

The reconstruction project is the responsibility of the Agriculture Ministry, which will this year launch feasibility studies to determine which areas are in the poorest state of repair and will undergo repairs.

The director noted that the dam was built in 1965 to take advantage of the region’s agricultural potential, but at the moment it was in a very poor state of repair and had problems with leaks in its foundation and sediment build up in its reservoir.

The dam has a storage capacity of 6.4 million cubic metres of water, which irrigates agricultural areas in the Humpata municipality, to the south of the city of Lubango, the capital of Huíla province. (macauhub/AO)