João Baptista Borges: MINEA’s Third Board of Directors Appreciates Progress in the Implementation of Baynes Project Actions

João Baptista Borges notes that this AH Baynes project is located on the Cunene River, in the international section bordering the Republic of Namibia, approximately 48 kilometers downstream of the Epupa Falls, where the river crosses the Baynes Gorge.

Its location is the result of a series of technical-economic feasibility and environmental impact studies that began in 1990 with the creation of the Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) Angola/Namibia and culminated with the approval, in 2014, of the recommendations contained in the final report of a study conducted by the Cunene Consortium (CC), formed by the Brazilian companies Odebrecht, Engevix, Eletrobrás and Furnas, explicates João Baptista Borges. These studies consider that the Baynes HPP will consist of a concrete-faced rock-fill dam with the following main characteristics:

João Baptista Borges tells, the exploitation unit composed of an adduction channel, water intakes, forced conduits, power station and escape cabal, located on the left bank of the river (Namibia), the Reservoir built to reach a maximum level corresponding to the quota 580 m with a spreading area, equivalent to 58.15 km2 at full storage level, the Generation Plant with 5 Francis type turbines, vertical axis, with a power output of 600 MW, average power of 184 MW, average annual generation of 1650 GWh and turbine/generator efficiency of 92.5%; Minimum ecological flow of 50 m3/s; Estimated construction period of 7 years; Estimated construction cost is USD 1.3 billion.