China’s Gezhouba Group Co. building Angola’s biggest hydroelectric dam

7 August 2017

The China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd (CGGC) has been contracted to build the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric complex on the Cuanza River in Cuanza Norte province, where the first stone was laid in place by the President of Angola on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The group’s deputy director, Ren Jianguo, said that the project is the biggest hydroelectric complex now being built by a Chinese firm in Africa. Plans call for it to be completed in 2023 and have an output of 2172 megawatts, 102 megawatts more than the Laúca Dam which officially opened last Friday, he added.

This project has an adjudication value of US$4.5 billion and an execution deadline of 80 months. It will involve the contracting of more than 10,000 workers during the peak of construction.

The China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd will also be in charge of maintaining the complex during a four-year period and training a group of technical personnel who will subsequently be responsible for operating the dam and the electric power production equipment.

China’s ambassador in Angola, Cui Aimin, who witnessed the laying of the first stone, recalled that China is currently Angola’s top trading partner and that Angola is China’s second biggest on the African continent.

On Friday the Angolan President also officially launched the operation of the first of a set of six turbines at the Laúca hydroelectric complex, able to produce 334 megawatts.

That dam is 156 metres high and 1200 metres long, encompassing an area of 24,000 hectares, including the reservoir. It counts a main power station with six generator groups each able to produce 334 megawatts and a 65-megawatt ecological plant.

Laúca is located in Malanje province, on a section of the Cuanza River between the confluence of the Sevi and Catoco Rivers (border of Malanje and Cuanza Sul provinces). (Macauhub)