Angola approves construction of 26-MW Luapasso

Angola’s Cabinet has approved construction of the 26-MW Luapasso hydroelectric project in the Luapasso region of Angola’s northeastern Luanda Norte Province.

State-run Angola Press said President Eduardo dos Santos chaired the meeting October 10 that approved the project, which is expected to cost US$120 million.

The first phase of the project is to total 12.8 MW, which will serve the region’s mining industry, with the remainder to be distributed to surrounding residents.

The Cabinet approved a private investment contract with Hidroluapasso SA, which is to be signed by the national private investment agency, Agencia Nacional para o Investimento Privado, for the government and by Escom Mining Energy Ltd.

An official of Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water Affairs recently said Angola must build new hydroelectric projects as well as rehabilitate existing facilities for efficient development of its hydropower potential. (HNN 8/29/07) Deputy Minister Rui Tito told an international technical-scientific conference in Luanda that Angola currently is using only 4 percent — 790 MW — of its 18,000 MW of estimated hydropower potential.

Tito said the state has set up a legal framework permitting the involvement of the private sector in production, transmission, and distribution of power.

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