Angola’s Laúca dam begins testing turbines this month

10 April 2017

The water held back by the reservoir of the Laúca dam being built on the Cuanza River should reach the 800-metre level this coming 25 April, allowing tests of the power plant’s first turbine to begin, the director general of the Middle Cuanza Development Office (Gamek) said on Friday in Luanda.


Fernando Barros stated on the “Speak Clear” programme of Angolan public television that water in the reservoir of that hydroelectric complex was currently at the 794-metre level.


The filling of the Laúca reservoir to store more than 2 billion cubic metres of water began last 11 March, obliging Gamek to hold back most of the water used to feed the turbines of the Cambambe Dam, with production capacity of 960 megawatts.


Barros explained that retention of the larger amount of water at Laúca forced the country’s major energy production plant (Cambambe) to cut production, consequently limiting power supply in the northern system, primarily affecting Luanda, its biggest consumer.


Construction of the Laúca Dam, located between Cacuso (Malanje) and Cambambe (Cuanza Norte), began in 2012. It is the biggest ongoing engineering project in Angola and will have a production capacity of 270 megawatts.


The project has cost the Angolan state US$4.5 billion. It will enable the interlinking of energy systems in the north, centre and south of the country, potentially benefiting 8 million people, Angop news agency reports. (Macauhub)