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BMI View: Increased gas production alongside the commissioning of the Soyo
combined cycle power plant in 2017 will raise the attractiveness of thermal
power investment in Angola. Despite thermal power generation more than doubling
by 2018, hydropower will remain the dominant source of electricity output in
Angola due to upgrades at the Cambambe dam and the commissioning of the 2,071MW
Lauca hydropower plant.
Latest Updates And Structural Trends
-Work on the Lauca hydropower plant is reported to be going ahead as scheduled.
Construction is expected to be concluded by the end of 2016, after which the
reservoir will start to be filled for the dam. The first 334 megawatt (MW)
turbine at the 2,071MW dam should start operations mid-2017 if everything is
completed on schedule.
-The first phase of reconstruction work at the Matala dam is reportedly
complete. The reconstruction involves making the hydroelectric plant safer and
increasing reservoir capacity, with eight sluice gates having been added to the
original 29. The plant's capacity will be upgraded to exceed its current level