Angola is about to witness it's largest ever power plant being commissioned. The Laúca Hydropower Plant will have a total capacity of 2,070 MW.
The Laúca Hydropower Plant is set in the Kwanza river in Angola.
The Laúca Hydropower Plant brings the current installed power to over 1,000 MW. With these three generation groups in full operation, out of a total of six, Laúca has already consolidated as the largest hydropower plant in Angola, surpassing the installed capacity at of Capanda (520 MW) and of Cambambe (960 MW) Hydropower plants.
When the sixth generator set which is currently being assembled comes into operation, Laúca will reach an installed capacity of 2,070 MW, becoming one of the largest hydropower plants in Southern Africa, alongside the Cahora Bassa Hydropower plant, in Mozambique.
Given that it produces clean and renewable energy and contributes to the stability of the national electricity system in Angola, the Laúca Hydropower Plant is simultaneously filling the largest reservoir in the country. By reaching its maximum level by the end of April 2018, the reservoir will be ensuring - by a fair safety margin - an energy supply capacity for the next dry season scheduled to occur in the second half of 2018.
The construction of the Laúca Hydropower Plant is a project of the Government of Angola, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Energy and Water, and supervised by the Office of the Use of Medium Kwanza. Odebrecht, the company responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction services, including the supply, assembly and commissioning of all electromechanical equipment, has been tasked with overseeing and carrying out the entire project.
The scope of the hydro power project also includes the execution of 750 kilometres of energy transmission lines and the construction and expansion of nine switchyards in order for the electricity generated to reach consumers.
An interesting and positive part of the Laúca Hydropower Plant project is that it has developed social programs with the surrounding communities, focusing on education and on job training. Small enterprises were then established in the communities, organized in agricultural production units of flour, bread and soap. In all, more than 300 families benefit from income-generating programs.
Cover image credit: Mega hydropower project Laúca in operation.