Second turbine of Cambambe dam, Angola, starts operating within two months

4 July 2016

The second turbine of Cambambe II hydroelectric project should be operational within two months after the first came into operation last Thursday, according to Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

At the end of the year when the four 175-megawatt turbines are connected to the grid, the Cambambe hydroelectric dam will produce 960 megawatts of electricity, with 260 megawatts produced by the Cambambe I turbines.

The work, estimated to cost around US$2 billion, is split into three phases, the first focused on the recovery and modernisation of the old plant, the second on construction of the second plant and the third on construction of three new stations.

The recovery of plant number one started in March 2009 and consisted of installing four generator sets of 65 megawatts each, replacing the previous four of 45 megawatts each, which will increase installed capacity from 180 to 260 megawatts.

The dam expansion work began in 2013 and involved increasing the height of the fall from 100 to 130 metres high, as well as construction of a new power plant with four 175-megawatt generators, with a total capacity of 700 megawatts in addition to 260 megawatts from the first power plant.

The project also includes the construction of three new power converter stations with capacities of 400, 220 and 60 kilovolts, which support the connection between Cambambe I and II, Capanda and later with the Lauca dam. (macauhub/AO)