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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:51 - Updated Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:51

Lauca ends with electrical energy restrictions in northern region

Malanje - Following the entry into operation on August 4, 2017 of the Laúca Hydroelectric Dam in Cacuso, and the consequent increase in water production and availability, the restrictions of electric energy in the northern system of the country have drastically reduced.

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Transformadores do Laúca

Photo: Roque Milton

Elias Daniel Estevão, director Lauca hydroelectric dam

Photo: Roque Milton

Before the inauguration of Lauca, the northern system, which includes the provinces of Luanda, Cuanza Norte, Uige, Cuanza Sul, Zaire, Malanje and Bengo, recorded on average 16 blackouts per day, but the investments made in the construction of this dam and rehabilitation of others allowed to reduce the restrictions in the order of 94 percent.

Speaking on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Lauca hydroelectric project (AHL), marked on Wednesday, the project director, Elias Daniel Estevão, said that the interconnected North system consumes a maximum of 1,500 megawatts of electricity, while production in three existing hydroelectric plants (Cambambe, Lauca and Capanda) are 2,692 megawatts, available power that exceeds the demand.

Lauca has three of the seven generating units of each 334 MW. When fully completed Lauca will have a nominal capacity of 2,070 megawatts.

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