Mini Hydroelectric Power Plant of Gangelas
The Mini Hydroelectric Power Plant of Gangelas project addressed the challenge of providing reliable energy for irrigation in the Chibia region of Huíla Province, Angola. By harnessing the power of the Gangelas dam, the project ensured year-round energy production and facilitated irrigation over a significant area. This, in turn, promoted economic development, particularly in the agriculture sector, and improved the overall well-being of the local community.
The region of Chibia in Huíla Province, Angola, faced a challenge in providing a consistent energy supply for irrigation purposes, particularly during the dry season. This limited the development of agriculture and hindered the local economy.
To address this issue, the Mini Hydroelectric Power Plant of Gangelas project was initiated. The project involved the construction of a 1.2 MW mini hydroelectric power plant with two units, located in the Gangelas dam. Additionally, a 15 KV overhead transmission line, spanning 5.5 km, was executed to connect the power plant to the watering pumping station.
The project has had a significant impact on the region. The main purpose of the hydroelectric power plant was to ensure the production of energy even during the dry season. This enabled the operation of the pumping system required for irrigation purposes.
By providing a reliable source of energy for irrigation, the project facilitated the irrigation of approximately 1,500 hectares of land. This promoted the development of the local economy, particularly in the agriculture sector. The availability of water for irrigation contributed to increased agricultural productivity, leading to economic growth, job creation, and improved livelihoods for the community.
The Gangelas project commenced in April 2013 and was successfully concluded in August 2015 under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of Angola. The project has played a crucial role in ensuring a consistent and sustainable water supply for irrigation, overcoming the limitations imposed by the dry season.