New port and airport in Sao Tome need enhanced power supply

21 September 2006

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 21 Sept – Projects to build a deepwater port in Sao Tome and enlarge the islands’ main airport will require an increase in the current maximum energy production capacity by 15 MWatts, says the head of the country’s state power utility.

Julio Silva, recently appointed director general of EMAE, was cited by the daily Tela Nova as saying Sao Tome’s electricity generating capacity will be increased in coming months by 10 MWatts with two new projects aimed to ease the archipelago’s power shortages.

The first project is a new 6 MWatt thermal power plant being installed by a Nigerian company, scheduled to come on stream early 2007. This will be followed by the rehabilitation of the Guegue hydroelectric dam and the installation of new smaller hydos along the river powering this plant.

Silva said these hydro schemes would provide another 4 MWatts to Sao Tome’s national grid, adding that the county’s total generating capacity would need to be boosted further to satisfy demand from a new deepwater port and enlarged international airport. Work on the two projects is expected to start next year. (macauhub)