Hydroelectric dam reopened in Angola

4 February 2016

The Lomaum hydroelectric dam in Cubal, in Angola’s Benguela province, will be reopened Thursday, after being at a standstill for 31 years, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

With a 50 megawatt production capacity, the hydroelectric plant built in 1959 in the province of Benguela will improve the power supply to over 92,000 of the National Electricity Distribution Company (ENDE) in the four coastal cities – Benguela, Lobito, Catumbela and Baía Farta.

The dam resumed commercial production on an experimental basis in June 2015, following restoration and modernisation works, supplying electricity to domestic and industrial customers at low and medium voltage.

With a height of 20 metres and 250 metres long, the Lomaum dam, on the Catumbela river, about 200 kilometes southeast of the city of Benguela (the provincial capital), stopped working in 1984 as a result of the civil war, which destroyed much of its infrastructure.

The process of recovery and modernisation began in 2009, a venture led by the Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Angola, under a partnership with Kanazuro Electric company, which will explore the hydroelectric power for a period of 20 years.

The contract awarded to the Chinese company includes construction of a double power transmission line from the dam to Biópio, which will be 89.4 kilometres long and from Biópio to Benguela Sul over a distance of 57 kilometres. (macauhub/AO)