ANGOLA, NAMIBIA TO JOINTLY BUILD HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM ON CUNENE RIVER

12 Jul 2013 11:19

LUENA, ANGOLA, July 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANGOP) -- Angola and Namibia will jointly build a hydro-electric dam on the Cunene River on the stretch where it forms the border between the two countries, says Angolan Energy and Water Minister João Baptista Borges.

Without the disclosing the budget for the project, the minister said during a visit to this city in the eastern province of Moxico on Monday that work on the dam, expected to take 18 months, is part of a bi-national project.

The dam will have the capacity to produce 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity, half of which would be destined for Angola.

According to him, the dam would be jointly managed by both countries and feasibility studies of the project were in the final phase.

Baptista Borges also disclosed that Angola was buying power from the Namibian Ruacana dam to supply energy to Cunene province in southern Angola.

The minister also travelled to Dala municipality in northeastern Lunda Sul province, where he laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Tchihumbwe Dam which is projected to have capacity to produce 12.4 MW of electricity.

-- BERNAMA-NNN-ANGOP

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