The beginning of tests on the first power generation turbine at the Laúca hydroelectric dam, in the Middle Kwanza, is due to begin in May, after the reservoir water reached a height of 800 metres on 25 April, said the facility’s director on Tuesday.
Elias Daniel Estevão, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop, said that as the reservoir now had a volume of water estimated at 533 million cubic metres testing would begin in order for commercial operation to sell 344 megawatts of electricity to begin in July.
The director of the project said that with the start of the tests, the amount of water to reach the Cambambe dam (Kwanza Norte) will increase, boosting power production and at least partially eliminating recent constraints on supply.
This hydroelectric facility, started in 2012, covers an area of 24,000 hectares, including the reservoir, has a projected production capacity of 2,070 megawatts and is the country’s largest civil engineering and energy project, costing an estimated US$4.5 billion.
The cost includes construction, production, supply and commissioning of the power transmission system from the Kwanza River, where the 960-megawatt Cambambe dam and the 520-megawatt Capanda dam are also located. (macauhub)