A thermal power plant in Belém, 11 kilometres from the city of Huambo in Angola, has started operating, benefiting more than 100,000 residents of the cities of Huambo and Caála and strengthening the public power grid.
The new thermal power plant, which was inaugurated by the country’s President João Lourenço, will boost electricity supply to the provincial capital and the municipality of Caála by a further 50 megawatts.
The power station has two turbines, each with a capacity to generate 25 megawatts and cost US$325 million.
Huambo province currently two sources of electricity production (the Ngove hydroelectric plant and the Benfica thermal power station) that produce between 20 and 30 megawatts of electricity in total, which is not enough to meet growing demand in the area.
With the installation of the two new turbines manufactured in the United States, Huambo province now has a power supply of 70 to 80 megawatts, which guarantees 90% coverage of the city of Huambo, including areas that are currently deprived of electricity, and extension of supply to new neighbourhoods.
In May 2017, the construction of the Lauka-Uaco Cungo-Belém do Dango electric power transmission line was awarded to the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), covering 400 kilometres and three substations.
This project will make it possible to transport the power produced at the Laúca hydroelectric project on the Kwanza River, one of the largest dams in Angola. - Macauhub