Cape Verde energy firm ready to set up power plant in capital

21 July 2006

Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, 21 July – ERCV (Energias Renováveis de Cabo Verde) is preparing to build a 17 MWatt power station in the Cape Verdean capital at a time when the archipelago faces continuing electricity shortages, media have reported.

According to the “A Semana” newspaper, ERCV executive Fernando Trovão has been in Cape Verde since Thursday to seek official approval and licensing for the power station in Praia, which will consist of three generators and be operational within eight days.

The new 17 MWatt plant will have the same capacity as the current Electra power and water utility, controlled by Portugal’s EDP and AdP groups and in dispute with the Praia government over its failure to satisfy the archipelago’s electricity needs.

The Cape Verde government recently passed legislation, including tax breaks, aimed to attract independent energy producers to the country and also said it would acquire generators directly if it could not find suitable companies to substitute Electra.

A Semana said that Electra has already hired generators from EDP in Portugal to boost its power production capacity and the equipment will leave Lisbon at the weekend to be operational in Cape Verde within 10 days. (macauhub)