The Lauca and Cambambe dams put Angola on the list of the five countries that most increased hydroelectric capacity in 2017, making it one of Africa’s five largest powers in this area, according to Angolan newspaper Novo Jornal.
According to the International Hydroelectric Energy Association (IHA) in 2017, the African continent added 1,924 MW to its installed capacity, for which Angola was key.
According to IHA, in 2016 Angola had added 400 MW to its installed hydroelectric capacity, which doubled in 2017, reaching an additional value of 1,108 MW.
Angola currently has 2,415 MW of installed hydroelectric capacity, an increase of 72% between 2016 and 2017.
When the Laúca dam goes into full operation, it will be one of the largest dams in Southern Africa, overtaking Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa (1,920 MW), with 2,070 MW.
The dam, located between the provinces of Malanje and Kwanza-Norte, cost an estimated total of US$4.5 billion. (macauhub)