PRESIDENT LAUNCHES IMPOUNDING OF WATER AT ANGOLA’S LAUCA HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has inaugurated the start of impounding of water at Lauca Hydro-electric Dam in the northern province of Malanje province which will give Angola the capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the country’s requirements.

Minister of Energy and Water Joao Baptista Borge told journalists at the dam site Saturday ahead of a ceremony to mark the completion of Tunnel Number 2 for river diversion to enable the start of impounding of water that the lake to be created behind the dam would cover 188 square kilometres at a height of 870 metres.

When the project is in full operation next year, the country’s electricity supply would be definitely stabilised, he said, adding that the Lauca dam, with a capacity to generate 2,070 megawatts (MW), would enable the inter-connection of the electricity distribution system to the north, central region and south of the country.

The project, currently the largest civil and mechanical engineering project in Angola, is part of the Angolan government’s investment in infrastructure and cost 4.5 billion US dollars for the construction, generation, supply and commissioning of the electrity distribution and transmission systems.

The Lauca dam, measuring 156 metres high and 1,200 metres wide, is the third dam to be built on the Kwanza River, following the construction of the Cambambe dam (960 MW) and Capanda dam (520 MW).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK