The start-up of the second generator group at the Laúca Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Kwanza river in Angola has provided about half of the electricity supply of the Northern Electricity System given about 4 million people access to power, daily newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.
Energy production reached a record 372,250-megawatt hours during the 2017 holiday season, an increase of 4.7% over the previous record in November, with the turbines’ availability index reaching a record of 99.63%.
The operation and maintenance of the hydroelectric facility are carried out by technicians from the state company Empresa Pública de Produção de Electricidade (Prodel) who have received specialised training, with the contractor – Brazilian group Odebrecht – also participating in this task over the next three years.
The Laúca Hydroelectric Plant is a public work under the responsibility of the Office of Utilisation of the Middle Kwanza and is located at kilometre 307.5 of the Kwanza River, about 47 kilometres downstream of the Capanda Hydroelectric Plant.
The Laúca plant, which is considered to be the largest civil engineering project ever in the country and the second largest dam in Africa, will serve 8 million people, reaching the central provinces of Huambo and Bié this year.
The work was financed by a Brazilian credit facility and in its various phases, the project hired about 13,000 workers. It began in 2012 with Brazilian group Odebrecht as contractor.(macauhub)