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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:47 - Updated Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:46

Angola moves from 11th to position 5th in Africa hydropower ranking

Luanda - Angola’s capacity grew to 1,108 MW in 2017, from 400 MW in 2016, becoming one of the five largest powers in the continent in this sector.

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Cuanza Norte: Cambambe dam

Photo: Lucas Leitão

Laúca dam operating with two turbines of 334 MW each

Photo: Pedro Parente

The local Laúca and Cambambe dams put the country on the list of the five nations that most increased hydroelectric capacity in 2017.

Despite the work to develop hydropower in Africa, several projects are changing this reality, with stress to those of Angola's Lauca and Cambambe, according to "Novo Jornal", which quoted a report from the International Hydroelectric Power Association (IHA) as saying.

According to the latest report of this organisation, in 2017 the continent added 1,924 MW to its installed capacity, with Angola playing a key role in this area.

 Angola is among the most increased hydroelectric capacity in 2017 - behind China, Brazil, India and Portugal - becoming one of the five largest powers in Africa in this area.

In the previous ranking, the country was placed 11th in the African classification, among about 40 nations analysed.

Angolay now has 2,415 MW of installed hydroelectric capacity, a 72% increase between 2016 and 2017.

In its full operation, Lauca is expected to be one of the largest dams in Southern Africa, beating the Mozambica's Cahora Bassa (1,920 MW), with 2,070 MW.

The infrastructure, located between the provinces of Malanje and Cuanza Norte, cost USD 4.5 billion.

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