Moxico: Population welcomes Chiumbue dam

Luena – The population of localities benefiting from the Chihumbue hydroelectric power plant Wednesday thanked the government for its commitment to building the dam inaugurated by the minister of National Defense, JoAPound o Lourenco, thus constituting a gift.

The population expressed to Angop their satisfaction and admiration for the record time that lasted the construction works of the project that cost more than 97 million US dollars from the coffers of the State.

Marta Upume, 89, said she was frightened by the government’s surprise because she never expected to see an equal work in her life.

The farmer living in Muapeso, seven kilometers south of the Camanongue, Sapombela Tchinhanga, 54 years old, acknowledged that the construction and inauguration of the dam is the result of the peace that the country currently enjoys, underscoring the importance of consolidating democracy and peace to enable the nation’s progress.

Dikana Keshigina, a 12-year-old student in the Mumanga village, considered it a great gift from the executive to the population of this region, for the contribution to the national liberation struggle and the defense of the country’s achievements.

Built on the Chiumbue river in the town of Dala, the hydroelectric project will generate 12.42 MW of electricity as from April 5, to ensure the sustainability of the economic and social development of the provinces of Lunda Sul and Moxico.

The project is aimed at supplying electricity to the city of Luena (Moxico province) and to the Dala region (Lunda Sul). It has a hydroelectric plant with four generators, with Horizontal Francis turbines, two of them being 4,14 Megawatts and two of 2.07 Megawatts, totaling 12.42 MW.

For the drainage of all energy produced, it has a high voltage transmission line of 110 kilovolts, with 298 towers, to the city of Luena, in an extension of 99 kilometers.

In parallel, the project has a substation of 110/15 KV, next to the thermal power station of the city of Luena, Moxico province, with two transformers of 10 MVA each.

In the municipality of Dala, there is a substation with two transformers, with a power of 10 MVA, with voltage of 6.3 / 110 KV.

Source: Angola Press News Agency