Angola, Russian diamond miner to develop Chicapa 2 hydro

Officials of Angola and Russian diamond mining company Alrosa Co. Ltd. have agreed to develop the Chicapa 2 hydroelectric project in Angola.

Alrosa said a contract was signed March 16 with Ministry of Energy and Waters officials during a visit to southern Africa by Alrosa President Sergey Vybornov and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

The diamond company said the contract was for construction of Hydrochicapa 2 and power supply lines to the provincial capital of Saurimo. No further details were given.

Alrosa plans to commission the 16-MW Chicapa 1 project in June. Officials previously said the first 4-MW unit of the four-unit project is expected to begin operating in May in Lunda Sul Province. (HNN 1/11/07) Chicapa eventually is to generate 4 MW for the city of Saurimo and 12 MW for Catoca Mining Society under a 40-year concession.

Chicapa is being developed by the Hidrochicapa consortium of Angola’s 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.

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