A new thermal power plant is due to start operating in June on the outskirts of the city of Huambo, in Angola, adding 50 megawatts of electricity to the provincial capital and the city of Caála, said Energy and Water Minister João Baptista Borges.
“We have 50 megawatts installed here, which will allow us to guarantee the regular supply of electricity to the population, and tests of the two turbines will begin in the first few days of June,” said the minister, adding that the thermal power station cost US$325 million.
The start-up of the Belém thermal power plant, which is 11 kilometres from the city of Huambo, will benefit more than 100,000 residents of the cities of Huambo and Caála and also strengthen the public network in the streets and the city’s old and new neighbourhoods.
Huambo province currently has two sources of electricity production (the Ngove hydroelectric plant and the Benfica thermal power station) that produce between 20 and 30 megawatts, which is not enough to meet growing demand.
With the installation of the two new US-made turbines, which arrived at the plant in late March, the province will have 70-80 megawatts, which guarantees 90% coverage of the city of Huambo, including areas that are currently deprived of electricity supply and their extension to new neighbourhoods.
At the beginning of May, construction of the Laúca-Uaco Cungo-Belém do Dango electric power transmission line was awarded to China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), covering 400 kilometres and three substations.
This project, which will cost the Angolan state’ US$400 million, will transport energy produced at the Lauca hydroelectric project on the River Kwanza, which will be the country’s largest dam when it starts operating later this year. (macauhub)