In 2014, ANDRITZ HYDRO received a contract to supply the electro-mechanical equipment for HPP Laúca, a new hydropower plant located in the middle part of the Kwanza River. The project consists of a main power house with six units and an eco-power house with one unit. Total capacity of HPP Laúca will be 2,070 MW with a head of about 200 m. It will supply renewable energy to meet the rapidly growing demand of the capital Luanda.
The scope of supply for ANDRITZ HYDRO includes design, supply, installation supervision, and commissioning of the Francis turbines, generators, main transformers, isolated bus ducts, control and protection system, as well as the security, access control and telecommunication systems for the above mentioned main and eco-power houses. The project is in the main installation phase. The rotor of the first unit was lifted into position in December 2016; the commissioning period has started in the meantime.
At HPP Laúca several social activities are taking place, e.g. a permanent training center was established directly on site, where currently 85 people are being trained. ANDRITZ HYDRO has supplied the equipment for three labs of this training center. The objective is to prepare technicians for operation and maintenance of HPP Laúca and for future projects of power generation and transmission in Angola.