Power production capacity in Angola will increase from 2,000 to 5,000 megawatts by the end of the 2012-2017 period, said on Wednesday in Luena the Minister of Planning and Territorial Development.
Minister Job Graça was speaking on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Chiumbue hydroelectric facility, in the city of Dala, Lunda Sul province, which will supply electricity to two municipalities and the provincial capital.
The Chimbue hydroelectric facility has an installed capacity of 12.45 megawatts, and its construction along with the substations of Dala and Luna and their transmission lines, cost the Angolan state over US$97 million.
The construction of the project, which began in the 1980s, was interrupted due to the civil war that ended in 2002, and once it was re-launched, in 2014, took just over two years to build, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
This project was awarded to China’s Sinohydro Corp with a lead time of 28 months, and an additional five, with the construction of the dam and power station costing US$42.1 million and the substations and transmission lines US$54.9 million. (macauhub)