Gove Dam

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Gove Dam
Gove Dam is located in Angola
Gove Dam
Location of Gove Dam
Country Angola
Location Huambo, Huambo Province
Coordinates 13°27′4.23″S 15°52′6.01″E / 13.4511750°S 15.8683361°E / -13.4511750; 15.8683361Coordinates: 13°27′4.23″S 15°52′6.01″E / 13.4511750°S 15.8683361°E / -13.4511750; 15.8683361
Purpose Power, flood control
Status Operational
Construction began 1969
Opening date 1975; 40 years ago (1975)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth and rock-fill
Impounds Kunene River
Height 58 m (190 ft)
Length 1,112 m (3,648 ft)
Dam volume 4×10^6 m3 (140×10^6 cu ft)
Total capacity 2,547×10^6 m3 (2,065,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 4,667 km2 (1,802 sq mi)[1]
Power station
Commission date 2012
Type Conventional
Turbines 3 x 20 MW (27,000 hp) Francis-type
Installed capacity 60 MW (80,000 hp)

The Gove Dam is an embankment dam on the Kunene River about 75 km (47 mi) south of Huambo in Huambo Province, Angola. The purpose of the dam is to control floods and generate hydroelectric power. It has a power generating capacity of 60 megawatts (80,000 hp) each) (three turbines of 20 megawatts (27,000 hp) each), enough to power over 30,000 homes.


The Gove Dam cost US$279 million and was built by Brazilian construction group Odebrecht. It was formally inaugurated in August 2012 by the Angolan President. The dam produces power for the cities of Caála, Huambo, and Kuito.

Construction of the dam began in 1969 and it was completed in 1975. Construction of the power station was halted twice, from 1975 to 1983 due to the civil war, then again from 1986 to 2001 also due to fighting. The dam was partially destroyed by dynamite in 1990. Along with the power station, sub-stations at Caála, Dango, and Benfica (in Huambo) were inaugurated at the time of completion. The sub-stations and distribution network cost US$80 million.[2]

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  1. ^ "Hydropower Developments" (PDF). COBA. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gove Hydroelectric dam inaugurated in Angola". Macaupub. Retrieved 25 April 2014.