The construction project in Tômbwa, in Angola’s Namibe province, for the country’s first wind farm, with an installed capacity of 100 megawatts, is estimated to cost 17 billion kwanzas (US$177 million), the Angolan energy and water minister, João Baptista Borges said Wednesday in Lubango.
The project will be built via a public-private partnership and work is due to begin at the end of the year. After it is concluded and in operation the wind farm may also have a centre for training and experimenting new technology, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
The wind farm, the minister said, as well as the city of Tômbwa will benefit the provinces of Namibe and Lubango, as it will be linked to a transmission system that will link central and southern Angola.
This project will also link up the Ngove power plant (Huambo) with the Luma 1 plant (Moxico), thus establishing links between the central and southern power grids, which will give the national grid more flexibility and greater quality.
During his stay in Lubango the minister visited the Lubango thermal power plant. Another power plant is also being built in Lubango with capacity to generate 40 megawatts of power.