LUANDA– Angola’s hydro-electric generating capacity has almost tripled from 400 megawatts (MW) in 2016 to 1,108 MW in 2017, boosting the country to fifth place in ranks of leading hydro-electric power producers in Africa.
This was made possible by the LaA�ca and Cambambe dams coming on stream in 2017, according to a report in the publication, “Novo Jornal”, which quoted a report from the International Hydro-Eelectric Power Association (IHA) as saying.
According to the report, in 2017, Africa added 1,924 MW to its installed electricity generating capacity, with Angola playing a key role in respect.
Angola was among the countries which most increased its hydro-electricity generating capacity in 2017, trailing only China, Brazil, India and Portugal, and becoming one of the five largest power producers in Africa in this area.
In the previous ranking, the country was placed 11th in the African classification, among about 40 nations analysed. Angolay now has 2,415 MW of installed hydro-electric capacity, a 72 per cent increase between 2016 and 2017.
When in full operation, the Lauca hydro-electric dam, at 2,070 MW, is expected to be one of the largest dams in southern Africa, moving agead of Mozambica’s Cahora Bassa (1,920 MW). The dam, located between the northern provinces of Malanje and Cuanza Norte, cost 4.5 billion US dollars to build.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK