The Angolan government will spend US$120 million on the renovation of three turbines and the rehabilitation of the Matala hydroelectric power substation, located in the province of Huíla, 180 kilometres west of the capital city of Lubango, said the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.
Following a meeting with Governor Joao Marcelino Tyipinge, during an eight-hour visit to the province to assess the how his sector operates, the minister also said that the recovery of the facility involves two phases, the first of which was carried out by a Canadian company and consisted of the physical repair of the dam, which was built in 1958 and had many cracks.
The second phase focuses on the recovery of the powerhouse, a restricted access space to house the electromechanical power production equipment at a hydroelectric dam or power station, as well as the substation that will connect Lubango to the city of Moçâmedes, capital of Namibe province.
“This second phase will be financed using the credit line opened by Spain, the works will be awarded to a Spanish company and when they are completed, which is expected to happen later this year, will allow for production of 40 megawatts of electricity,” the minister said, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop.
The Matala Hydroelectric Power Plant is producing just 20 megawatts of electricity, through three generator sets with a potential output of 13.6 megawatts each, which is distributed to the municipality of Matala and the cities of Lubango and Moçâmedes. (macauhub)