Cape Verde government sees new Santo Antão power plant as “urgent”

26 January 2006

Porto Novo, Cape Verde, 26 Jan – The government of Cape Verde has said it considers building a new power plant on Santo Antão Island as “urgent”, news agency Inforpress reported Thursday.

The project has so far been resisted by Cape Verde electricity and water company Electra.

Cape Verde’s Minister for the Economy, growth and Competition, João Pereira Silva, told local authorities and agents in a recent visit that a new power plant was an “urgent project” which the government intends to move ahead with soon, Inforpress reported.

The project was initially launched in 2002, but Electra, which is controlled by Portugal’s EDP and AdP, said it had insufficient funds to carry the project through.

Electra has said the project should go ahead as of 2007, but the government has appeared unwilling to wait.

Santo Antão Island has had electricity supply problems, which the government has said it fears may affect private investment on the island.

In the city of Porto Novo, according to Inforpress, the council and population have complained about poor electricity supply as well as the risk of accidents at the existing plant, located in the center of the city. (macauhub)