Construction works of a thermal power plan and water collection system, in the municipal capital of Kuito Kuanavale, Angola are due to be completed before the end of the first half of this year, said the Angolan Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.
The minister made the statement at the end of a short visit to these two on-going projects in the city, which are contracted to Chinese company Sinohydro and construction of which began in September last year.
The drinking water collection and treatment system has capacity to pump 300 cubic metres per hour and includes two tanks holding 2,000 cubic metres each, which are capable of distributing the water to 5,000 inhabitants over a seven-kilometre radius.
“The work has reached about 45 percent execution and is now focused on completing the water collection station on the banks of the Kuito River and then construction of water reservoirs and the distribution network, which is why we are satisfied (with progress),” he said.
According to Angolan news agency Angop work on the power station is also making good progress. The new power plant consists of a group of five generators of 1.5 megawatts each, for over 5,000 consumers and so far workshops, warehouses and the bases to install the machines have been completed.
Work on medium and low voltage transmission lines is also underway, including installation of 320 streetlights in the city centre and the outskirts of Kuito Kuanavale, over a distance of 45 kilometres.
The thermal plant project also includes installation of five transformer stations, of 15, 250 and 630 KVA, a fire detection device, lightning protection and rain and wastewater drainage systems.
The minister also said the remaining municipalities in Kuando Kubango province would benefit from a water supply network, and that by 2017 132 similar systems would be built across the country. (macauhub/AO/CN)