Hydroelectric Plants in Angola & Namibia

Location: Angola (Benguela)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 4 X 3.6- MW Francis
Operation: 1956
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Sorefame, Alsthom
EPC: Somague
Quick facts: This SHP is in Biopio, Catumbela municipality. The dam is 178.5m long and 20m tall. The plant wwas overhauled and re-started beginning in 2001.

Photograph courtesy of Contreiras45 (wikimedia)
Posted 5 Jul 2017

Location: Angola (Kwanza Norte)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 4 X 45 MW Francis
Operation: 1963
T/G supplier: EW, SOREFAME, Oerlikon
EPC: Somague
Quick facts: Construction on the Cambambe Dam and HPP on the Kwanza River began in 1959 and the project was inaugurated on 6 Oct 1963 by the then President of Portugal, Admiral Americo Deus Rodrigues Thomaz. It was the first hydropower plant in the Middle Kwanza basin. Aconsortium headed by Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon was responsible for the elctromechanical works. The original dam was raised by 32m and the turbines replaced wiht 65-MW Voith machines in a lengthy and costly upgrade project completing in 2013.

Photograph courtesy of rermag.com
Posted 5 Jul 2017

Location: Angola (Kwanza Norte)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 4 X 175 MW Francis
Operation: 2016-2017
T/G supplier: Voith
EPC: COBA, Odebrecht, Elecnor, Alstom
Quick facts: In Apr 2013, Voith Hydro won a $130mn contract for the electromechaIIical equipment and control and associated systems for Cambambe-2 HPP. In Jul 2013, the World Bank committed $512mn to Angola to fund the project through its Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Financing was in the form of a 13yr credit facility. The project also received financing from Russia, HSBC Bank, Societe Generale and BHF-Bank AG. Testing of the first T/G set began in Jun 2016 and the plant was officially opened in late Jul 2017. The Cambambe Phase I modernziation and construction of Phase II project cost about USD 2bn.

Photograph courtesy of Elecnor
Re-posted 5 Jul 2017

Location: Angola (Kwanza Norte)
Operator: Gabinete de Aproveitamento do Medio Kwanza
Configuration: 4 X 130 MW Francis
Operation: 2004-2007
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Odebrecht, Furnas, COBA, Hydroproject Inst, Technopromexport
Quick facts: Capanda was Angola’s largest civil engineering project of the time. The site is on the Rio Kwanza at the border of Kwanza-Norte and Malanje provinces. Development started in 1982 and, with $750mn from oil sales, and Odebrecht, Furnas, and TPE started on the project in Jan 1985 with operation then scheduled in 1991. This soon slipped to Dec 1993 and the plant site was occupied by UNITA from Nov 1992 until Dec 1994. Then the 110m dam was damaged and rehabilitation did not start until 1998, a process interrupted by another attack in 1999. Construction re-started in Jan 2000. At one point, there were 3,000 workers mobilized at the site. A 2,000m aircraft runway was built along with power, potable water, and sewage facilities. Reservoir filling began in late Aug 2002 and the first two units were finally commissioned in June 2004 followed by Units 3&4 in June 2007. The plant is connected to the Cambambe Substation via a 120km, 220kV transmission line which cost $218mn. The cost of war damage to the project is estimated to be at least $400mn and the total project cost has been estimated to be as much as $4bn.

Photograph by Eribeto (wikipedia)
Re-posted 30 Aug 2008

Chiumbue Dala
Location: Angola (Lunda-Sul)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 2 X 4.1-MW, 2 X 2-MW Francis
Operation: 2017
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Sinohydro No 11
Quick facts: In Jul 2013, work got underway on GAMEK’s 12.4-MW this dam and HPP in Dala. The project was first launched in the 1980s but stalled for decades due to the Angolan civil war. In 2002/03, a joint venture of Soapro Group and COBA developed the completion tender and carried out environmental studies. In 2014, Sinohydro was hired to finish the job and the project was inaugurated in Apr 2017. The overall cost was USD 97mn, of which USD 42.1mn was for the dam and power plant and USD 54.9mn was for the associated transmission works. The scheme includes a 144m long concrete weir, a 109m conveyance canal, twin 213m long penstocks, and the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of noticiasenovidades-nn.com
Posted 15 Jul 2017

Lomaum Rebuild
Location: Angola (Benguela)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 2 X 10 MW, 2 X 15 MW
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: Guangdong Fangzheng Industrial Development Co Ltd
EPC: Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau
Quick facts: This HPP came online in 1954 with Voith turbines and Oerlikon generators. It was damaged during Angola's civil war along with the associated tansmission system. The rebuild began around Jun 2010 and completed in Jun 2015 with full operation reported in Feb 2016 after 31yrs offline.

Photograph courtesy of Empresa de Producao de Electricidade
Posted 21 Jun 2017

Location: Angola (Lunda Norte)
Operator: Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola
Configuration: 4 X 2.1 MW Francis
Operation: 1957
T/G supplier: Secheron
EPC: Sofomil SA
Quick facts: This plant is owned and operated by a local subsisdiary of Alrosa. The site is on the Rio Luachimo near Dundo in Lunda-Norte. The scheme has a 6.5m dam, a 660m concrete-lined canal, four 2.5m penstocks, and the powerhouse. This photo dates to Feb 1965.

Photograph courtesy of www.diamang.com
Re-posted 22 Feb 2014

Mabubas Rebuild
Location: Angola (Bengo)
Operator: Kanazuro Electric SA
Configuration: 4 X 6.7-MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Guangdong Fangzheng Industrial Development Co Ltd
EPC: Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau
Quick facts: In July 2009, GHCB and Kanazuro Electric SA signed a contrct to rebuild PRODEL’s Mabubas hydropower station on the Dande River near Sassa, Bengo province, about 70km from Luanda. The PS was damaged in 1992 and never put back in service. The contractor installed the new machines after repairing or replacing the diversion pipes, surge tanks, inlets, spiral casings, and many related items The no-load test run was in October 2011 and the plant went back online in February 2012. Kanazuro partnered with Chinese investors to take over the scheme as an IPP.

Photograph courtesy of Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau
Posted 28 Jun 2017

Location: Angola (Huila)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 3 X 14 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1954
T/G supplier: Sulzer Escher Wyss, BBC
Quick facts: The Matala HPP is on the Rio Cunene River in Huila Province around 225km downstream from the Gove Dam. While it is a key electricity source for southwest Angola, the three groups were never fully operational. In May 2010, a major plant refurbishment project got underway. Contractor SNC repaired the dam and replaced the T/G sets as part of the $266mn project. The 718m long Matala Dam raises the river about 8m.

Photograph courtesy of www.kunenerak.org
Posted 1 Nov 2013

Ngove Dam
Location: Angola (Huambo)
Operator: Empresa de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL)
Configuration: 3 X 20.6 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Cobra, Odebrecht
Quick facts: In May 2007, Angola and Namibia agreed to jointly reconstruct the Ngove Dam on the Rio Cunene in Caala District, Huambo Province. Dam construction started in 1969 and was halted twice at various stages of completion and then the structure was damaged in 1990 during the civil war. As part of the plan, a new HPP was built with connections to Huambo City and Bie. In Sep 2007, Odebrecht was selected as the lead construction company for the work. The $150mn project completed in Aug 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Elecnor
Posted 11 Feb 2015

Location: Namibia
Operator: NamPower
Configuration: 3 X 87 MW, 1 X 92 MW Francis
Operation: 1978-2012
T/G supplier: Voest, WHC
Quick facts: This the most important power plant in Namibia. After about five years of complex political negotiations, construction started in May 1973 The power station is situated at the Ruacana Waterfalls on the Kunene River which is regulated by a series of dams in Angola, most importantly the Gove Dam in the Angolan highlands approximately 1,000km northeast of the plant site. The powerhouse operates with a 134m head. In Oct 2016, Andritz Hydro commissioned new turbine runners on the three older units increasing capacity by 5 MW/unit. The runners were made in Foshan, China. The NAD 140mn project took about 3yrs end-to-end.

Photograph courtesy of NamPower
Re-posted 16 Jun 2012


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 30-Jul-2017