Refurbishment planned for Angola’s 9-MW Luachimo, 1.6-MW Kunje

Russian diamond miner Alrosa plans to rehabilitate the 9-MW Luachimo hydroelectric project, increasing its capacity to 24 MW.

State-run Angola Press said Alrosa plans to carry out concrete work and to install new technology in the hydro plant in eastern Luanda Norte Province. The four-unit plant began operation in 1953.

Alrosa Technical Director Alexandre Guertchikov said feasibility studies have been completed calling for rehabilitation in two phases of one year and 24 months. Guertchikov said Alrosa and the Angolan government would sign an agreement allowing the work, whose cost was not disclosed.

Alrosa has been responsible for construction of the 16-MW Chicapa hydro project on the Chicapa River and has agreed to develop a Chicapa 2. (HNN 8/29/07)

Cabinet Council approves rehab of 1.6-MW Kunje

Angola Press reported May 28 that Angola’s Cabinet Council approved rehabilitation of the 1.6-MW Kunje hydroelectric project on the Kunje River in Bie Province.

Energy and Water Affairs Minister Botelho de Vasconcelos said rehabilitation of Kunje and related transmission lines is expected to cost 12 million euros (US$18.7 million).

De Vasconcelos said work is to include installing three new turbine-generators at Kunje, which was built in 1971, plus construction of a medium- and low-voltage network and public lighting for Camacupa.

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