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Construction of the Baynes dam - on the border with Namibia - begins in 2021

Work on the construction of the Baynes cross-border dam between Angola and Namibia is expected to begin next year, the Minister of Energy and Water announced this week.


According to Angop, the announcement for the construction of the dam, with an estimated budget of US $ 1.2 billion, was made on Tuesday by Minister João Baptista Borges.

The official said that bilateral agreements between the two countries had been reached and that the construction of the dam - which will have a production capacity of 600 megawatts of energy - will take four years.

"If we keep the schedule of the agreement established, we can meet the deadlines, as there is great bi-national interest in this project", defended João Baptista Borges.

The minister considered that the construction of Baynes is important and that it will support the economic development of the two countries.

The Baynes dam will be 200 meters high, 1025 crown length, 40 kilometers of reservoir and a flooded area of ​​58.15 square kilometers, on a level of full storage.

The 600 megawatts produced by the dam will be divided equally between Angola and Namibia, each of which should keep half of this production.

The construction of the future infrastructure was approved by the parties in 2014, as part of a feasibility study completed a year earlier.

The project, in addition to the construction of the hydroelectric plant, also includes roads and other interconnection lines between the two countries.

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