The 180MW Ngove hydroelectric dam, located about 120km southwest of Huambo city in central Angola, could be commissioned after complete repairs in about three years, according to officials from the Joint Commission on the Cunene Hydroelectric Basin Development.

The dam will provide electricity to the nearby provinces of Bie and Benguela and supply irrigation water to new farms in the central and southern regions of Angola.

The second stage of the repairs is to commence in the next financial year. The first stage, which included repairs to the spillway and gates were completed early this year. The full repair of the dam is expected to cost US$70M.