Angola, diamond miner inaugurate 16-MW Chicapa

Officials of Angola and of Russian diamond mining company Alrosa Co. Ltd. inaugurated the 16-MW Chicapa hydroelectric project August 22 on Angola’s Chicapa River.

In ceremonies attended by Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Energy and Water Minister Botehlo de Vasconcelos hailed the partnership between Angola’s Empresa Nacional de Electricidade and Alrosa to develop the project in Lunda Sul Province. (HNN 5/29/08)

�This is a concrete demonstration of the opening of the power sector to national or foreign private investment and how viable it is,� De Vasconcelos said in a report carried by state-run Angola Press.

Chicapa’s four 4-MW units are to supply 4 MW for the city of Saurimo and 12 MW for Catoca Mining Society under a 40-year concession.

Chicapa was being developed by the Hidrochicapa consortium of Empresa Nacional de Electricidade, with 45 percent, and Alrosa, with 55 percent. The project is being financed by Alrosa, built by Alrosa Vneshtroy LDA, and supervised by Lenhaydro.

De Vasconcelos also highlighted studies that are being performed for construction of new hydroelectric projects throughout the country.

The government and Alrosa have agreed to develop the Chicapa 2 hydroelectric project. Additionally, Alrosa plans to rehabilitate the 9-MW Luachimo hydroelectric project, increasing its capacity to 24 MW.

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