The first two turbines of the Laúca hydroelectric dam, on the Kwanza River in Angola, with the capacity to produce 340 MW each, are due to start operating in July 2017, announced Brazilian company Odebrecht, which is responsible for the work.
Kleriston Acácio, of the communication and image department of the Brazilian company told Angolan newspaper Expansão that power production tests would begin within 24 months and the first power turbine willbe put into operation in 2016.
In late 2017 the first 500 megawatts (MW) of energy will increase to 2,070 MW when the dam is completed, representing twice the power currently produced by the Cambambe and Capanda dams.
The dam, the third under construction in the Kwanza River basin, after the Cambambe and Capanda dams, will be 132 metres high and will create a reservoir of 188 square kilometres filled over a period of four months.
The Laúca dam, the largest civil and mechanical engineering projects in Angola, is located 47 kilometres downstream of the Capanda hydroelectric dam (AHC) and 400 kilometres from Luanda.
Work on the dam, which began in 2012, will cost US$4.3 billion involved a loan and a credit line from Brazil.
When it starts operating at full capacity, the power produced at the dam will benefit over 5,000 people.
The Odebrecht official also said the project will use 30,000 tons of steel, enough to build four Eiffel towers and 22,000 tons of cement or the equivalent of 465 eight-storey buildings. (macauhub/AO)