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13 Angola takes lead in hydropower plant capacity Laúca Hydropower Plant in Angola will soon become the largest such facility in the southern African region, with an installed capacity of 2 070MW. The third power generation group was commissioned in April, bringing the current installed power to over 1 000MW. With these three generation groups in full operation, out of a total of six, Laúca has already consolidated itself as the largest hydropower plant in Angola, surpassing the installed capacity of Capanda (520MW) and Cambambe (960MW) hydropower plants. When the sixth generator set — being currently assembled — comes into operation, Laúca will reach an installed capacity of 2 070MW, becoming one of the largest hydropower plants in southern Africa, alongside the Cahora Bassa in Mozambique. It will contribute significantly to the stability of the national electricity system and employment creation. Some 95% of the Laúca Hydropower Plant workforce is Angolan. The project has already created more than 13 000 direct jobs. In parallel, the plant project has developed social programmes with the surrounding communities, focusing on education and job training. Small enterprises were established in the communities, organised in agricultural production units of flour, bread, and soap. More than 300 families benefit from income-generating programmes. GOVERNMENT PROJECT Construction of the Laúca Hydropower Plant is a project of the government, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Energy and supervised by the Office of the Use of Medium Kwanza. Odebrecht, the company responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction services, including the supply, assembly, and commissioning of all electromechanical equipment, carries out the project. To export energy to the main consumer centres, the scope of the project also includes the execution of 750km of energy transmission lines and the construction and expansion of nine switch-yards. Source: Construction Review Online Tanzania to forge ahead with Stiegler’s Gorge energy project The Tanzanian government is going to push ahead with its plan to build the 2 100MW Stiegler’s Gorge energy project. Minerals Deputy Minister Subira Mgalu recapped the government’s stance in parliament during the televised Q & A session when responding to a question by Kawe legislator, Halima Mdee (Chadema). In her question, Mdee sought to know how power generation using natural gas has contributed to meeting energy needs of the country, and whether there were specific dates for the kick-off of the Stiegler’s Gorge power project. She asked the government to come with clear answers on the failure to transport the remaining 95% of natural gas using the pipeline that cost the nation millions of dollars for construction. Responding, Mgalu said the country cannot sustain its electricity demands depending on one source, noting that water, natural gas, and other sources should collectively be used to meet the country’s needs. “Since the government intends to produce 5 000MW of electricity to sustain its industrialisation agenda, Stiegler’s Gorge power project has come at the right time. Hydroelectric power generation is cheap as compared to natural gas power generation,” she said. She continued saying that the government intended to produce power at a low cost to make it affordable to all, as well as support industrialisation. According to Mgalu, though over 50% of electricity in the country is from natural gas, other sources of electricity production should be effectively used to meet the country’s needs. According to her, the government was implementing natural gas power generation projects in Mtwara and Somanga Fungu, expected to generate 300MW and 330MW of electricity, respectively. Currently, 175 million cubic litres of natural gas are transported through the pipeline as compared to 145 million cubic litres transported during the 2016/17 fiscal year. This suggests that natural gas demands have drastically increased in the country, she concluded. Source: Construction Review Online August 2018 Volume 24 I Number 6