Civil engineering works on the Lauca hydroelectric dam in the municipality of Cambambe, in the Angolan province of Kwanza Norte, has been executed to a level of 77 percent, while electromechanical work is around 46 percent complete, according to the project manager of the hydroelectric complex, Elias Estevão said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.
Estevão said the project, which will cost US$5 billion, will start producing electricity in the first half of 2017 and will have a capacity of 2,071 megawatts (MW).
The main power plant will have six turbines of 334 megawatts and the ecological plant will produce 65.5 megawatts, and the latter will only start operating in 2018.
The Lauca dam occupies an area of 24,000 hectares, including the reservoir of 18,000 hectares and will be 135 metres high, or the equivalent of a 44-storey building.
The dam will use concrete to the equivalent of of building 40 stadiums, 2,800 homes and 465 eight-storey buildings. Construction of the dam will use 30,000 tons of steel or the equivalent of building five Eiffel Towers.
The Lauca dam, the third under construction on the Kwanza River, after the Cambambe and Capanda dams, is the largest civil engineering project in Angola and will benefit more than 5 million people.
In addition to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which is responsible for the work, Portuguese companies Somague Angola, Teixeira Duarte, EPOS, Tecnasol, IBERGRU and COBA were also contracted. (macauhub/AO)