- Angola and Namibia have signed bilateral agreements for the construction of a cross border Baynes hydroelectric dam.
- Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges made the announcement this week.
- The planned hydroelectric dam will be located on the Kunene River on the border between Angola and Namibia.
A public tender will be launched for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project in due course. “If we stick to the schedule of the agreement, we can comply with the deadlines, because there is a great interest in this bi-national project,” said Minister João Baptista Borges.
Construction of the Baynes hydroelectric dam falls within Angola’s Energy 2025 Vision, which centers on creating increased capacity and distribution capabilities, supported by new renewables and private sector investment in new power generation projects.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and a completion date scheduled for 2025. It is estimated to cost US 1.2bn; feasibility studies for the project was already carried out. According to the agreement, of the 600 MW to be produced by the plant, 300 MW will be directed to Angola and Namibia, respectively.
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Author: Bryan Groenenda