Energy production tests at Angola’s Lauca dam begin in August 2017

27 July 2015

The first electricity production tests on the Lauca Hydroelectric Facility (AHL), in the province of Kwanza Norte, Angola, will begin in August 2017, Brazilian company Odebrecht said.

Daily newspaper Jornal de Angola reported Monday that the dam’s first two turbines, with capacity to produce 340 megawatts (MW) each, have been successfully installed and will start operating in July 2017.

Tiago Moreira, of Odebrecht said the project is at the stage of bringing together the work of two key sectors of the project; civil engineering and electromechanical.

The Lauca dam is designed to have two power generation plants, one made up of six units to generate 2,004 MW and another with a capacity to produce 70 MW, intended to keep enough flow in the riverbed to ensure the preservation of aquatic species.

The total production of the two plants, 2,070 MW, is four times the capacity of the Capanda Hydroelectric facility, said Moreira.

Construction of the power plants core has an estimated cost of US$4 billion and employs over 4,000 workers. (macauhub/AO/BR)