Russian firm plans to bid for two 500-MW Angola projects

Russian engineering and construction company Technopromexport plans to take part in tendering to build two 500-MW hydroelectric projects in Angola, a company official said.

Technopromexport announced January 24 that it completed negotiations with Angola officials of a US$2 million contract to provide technical assistance to the operation of Angola’s 520-MW Capanda hydroelectric project on the Kwanza River. The company completed installation in July 2007 of Capanda’s final generating unit. (HNN 6/13/07)

Technopromexport said the technical assistance contract is to be signed in February.

Angola officials, who traveled to Moscow for the negotiations, expressed interest in continued collaboration with Technopromexport, the company said.

Technopromexport said that collaboration was �especially urgent� in light of plans by Angola to build the 500-MW Nyanga and 500-MW Lauca hydroelectric projects. The company said the total cost of both projects was estimated at more than US$1 billion.

Chief Executive Sergei Molozhavy told reporters Technopromexport plans to take part in tendering to build the two hydro plants, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Under a US$112 million contract with the Angola Ministry of Energy and Water, a consortium of Technopromexport and builder Norberto Odebrecht of Brazil designed, delivered, and installed two additional 130-MW units at Capanda. The 260-MW second stage increased Capanda to four units totaling 520-MW.

Capanda’s first two 130-MW turbine-generators were inaugurated in the project’s first stage in 2005 on the Kwanza River. The third unit began operation in April 2007.

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