Feasibility study underway for recovery of the Cuvango mini-hydro facility, in Angola

3 February 2015

Experts from the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water will conduct a feasibility study for the recovery of the Cuvango mini-hydro facility, at a standstill for 32 years, as of this month, the Secretary of state for Water said in Cuvango.

Luís Filipe da Silva, who paid a visit to the project, said it was necessary to carry out a prior study to determine the costs of recovery and expansion.

“This dam played an important role for Cuvango municipality during colonial times, so it can be recovered to promote the desired development of the region, which it sorely needs,” he said.

The Cuvango mini-hydro facility used to produce 2 megawatts of power and officials from the Directorate of Energy and Water in the province said that following repair and expansion it may produce 5 megawatts.

The dam was built in 1969 along the Cubango River and stopped working in 1983, due to destruction of some equipment during the Angolan civil war.

The city of Cuvango is located 323 kilometres east of the city of Lubango, in Huila province. (macauhub/AO)