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Namibia, Angola to develop $1.2bn cross border hydroelectric dam

Christian Fernsby |
The governments of Angola and Namibia have signed bilateral agreements for the construction of a cross border Baynes hydroelectric dam.

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Angolan Minister of Energy and Water João Baptista Borges made the announcement and said the agreement will enable the launch of a public tender for the selection of a construction firm for the project, in line with the proposed timeline.

“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 centres on creating increased capacity and distribution capabilities, supported by new renewables and private sector investment in new power generation projects.

The planned hydroelectric dam will be located on the Cunene River on the border between Angola and Namibia.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and a completion date scheduled for 2025.

It is estimated to cost $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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