Cambambe dam increases electricity production in Angola

8 January 2016

The Angolan electricity grid will receive an additional 960 megawatts of power with the entry into operation of the second power plant of the Cambambe Hydroelectric Project in the province of Kwanza Norte, announced the Minister of Energy and Water.

Minister João Baptista Borges said that the first of four turbines installed in the new Cambambe plant would be operational in June.

To carry this additional production, the minister said, according to Angolan news agency Angop, interconnection lines to Luanda, Gabela (Kwanza Sul) and Benguela are under construction.

Borges also mentioned the Lauca Hydroelectric Plant, under construction in Kwanza Norte province, saying that 65 percent of the work had been carried out and that the first two turbines would come online in June 2017, starting by producing 267 megawatts of power.

The third turbine will start operating in December of that year, producing an additional 77 megawatts. This plant will connect to Luanda, Malanje/Calandula and the transmission system of the power grid to Huambo and Lubango (Huila).

The combined-cycle power plant in Soyo (Zaire province), a project that will produce energy from natural gas, will only start producing power in 2017 – a total of 750 megawatts that will be distributed in Luanda, as well as supplying the Nzeto municipal area and the city of Mbanza Congo, in that province. (macauhub/AO)