Angola – Hydropower on the Agenda


As completion dates approach for a number of large projects the government states it is willing to trial new technology.

Reconstruction works on the Matala dam, located around 180km from Lubango city in southern Huila province, which have cost around US$249.6 million, are nearing completion and are intended to dramatically increase the safety and water storage capacity at the facility.

The works have added eight new sluice gates to an already existing 29 which allows for a greater control and regulation of the flow of water. Project Director of Canadian firm SNC Lavalin, Celso Pontes said that the a second phases would involve new generator sets and the modernisation of the power station itself, reported Macauhub.

The Matala Dam was built on the Cunene River in 1954 and alongside generating power the facility also stores water for irrigation systems in the southern agricultural areas.

Meanwhile at the Cambambe hydroelectric dam a second turbine will be operational within two months as part of works estimated at $2bn, which began in 2009 and include raising the height of the dam, new power stations and new convertors to support connections between the Cambambe I and II, Capanda and the Lauca dams, reported Macauhub.


Capanda Dam, Kwanza River – CC

The Cambambe dam is located on the Kwanza river alongside two others; the Lauca dam under construction in works estimated at $4.3bn by Brazilian firm Odebrecht – the largest civil engineering project in the country – and the Capanda dam located 47km upstream from Lauca.

According to Minister of Energy and Water João Baptista Borges, Angola has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Privinvest industrial group for the commencement of hydrokinetic production over the next decade.

The agreement was signed as part of the country’s 2025 Energy Security Plan, and the government hopes to produce 9000MW of power by 2025, particularly from hydropower. Much of Angola’s economy and power generation is currently reliant on oil and gas.

Privinvest, along with its subsidiaries Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) and Hydroquest, are designing and producing special turbines for use along rivers and in the sea. Angola’s state power company Prodel will set up a partnership with Privinvest to manufacture the hydrokinetc facilities, reported Macauhub.

Borges said, “Angola is one of the world’s greatest untapped potential sources of hydro power. Its abundant waterways will allow, with the introduction of accessible technologies, the development of low cost energy for the rural and remote areas of this vast country. ”

Find out more in the Africa Research Bulletin today:

POWER: Angola
Economic, Financial & Technical Series
Vol.53, Issue.4, Pp.21263B–21264C

ECA / SADC – Energy Crisis Meeting
Economic, Financial & Technical Series
Vol.53, Issue.3, Pp.21226B–21226C

POWER: Angola
Economic, Financial & Technical Series
Vol.53, Issue.2, Pp.21190A–21192C

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