Laúca dam in Angola has five of its six turbines in commercial operation

8 July 2019

The fifth turbine to produce electricity, of the six planned at the Laúca dam (Malanje), on Friday went into commercial operation and increasing the capacity of the facility to 1,670 megawatts, according to the Office of Utilization of the Middle Kwanza.

The Office also said in a statement that the commissioning of the fifth turbine raised production capacity from 1,336 to 1,670 megawatts, which will increase to 2070 megawatts with the commercial operation of the sixth turbine, as well as Ecological Plant, by the end of the first half of 2020.

The production of this facility, together with the remaining hydroelectric plants of the Middle Kwanza (Cambambe and Capanda), the Mabubas and Lomaum hydroelectric plants, the Soyo combined cycle power plant and a few thermal power plants, has allowed for the interconnection of a total of 10 provinces.

These are the provinces of Zaire, Uige, Malanje, Bengo, Luanda, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul, Huambo, Bié and Benguela, which are interconnected in the National Transport Network, according to the Office of Utilization of the Middle Kwanza.

The statement, signed by director Fernando Barros Gonga, said that increasing water capacity will facilitate the expansion of the national electricity system to southern Angola. (Macauhub)