Angolan energy production to increase 30 percent in 2007

22 January 2007

Luanda, Angola, 22 Jan – Production of energy in Angola during 2007 will increase by 30 percent over the previous year from 3,379 GW-h to 4,814 GW-h, according to official figures.

Angola invested around US$ 650 million in 2006 on projects aimed to guarantee boosted energy production capacity, the AngoNotícias Internet news site reported.

Raised energy production in 2007 is linked to the conclusion of a number of existing projects, particularly the 220 KV Luanda Sul substation, the Cambambe/Viana/Cazenga transmission line in Bengo province and the Kifangondo/Mabubas substation in northern Angola.

The two projects, valued at US$ 67 million, are being developed by China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CME), a Chinese state-owned company.

The projects result from contracts signed in August 2005 between Angola’s ENEA state power utility and CME under a credit line granted by China’s state Eximbank.

The Luanda Sul substation and the Cambambe/Viana/Cazenga transmission line are designed to improve energy supply, as the link will connect to the new Viana-Luanda substation.

Construction of the Luanda Sul substation is budgeted at US$ 29 million and the Cambambe/Viana/Cazenga transmission line is costing US$ 38 million.

The Luanda authorities expect to install 127 transformers and two substations by the end of March 2007 as part of a second phase in the project to rehabilitate and extend low and medium-tension networks in Luanda, a scheme valued at US$ 40 million and serving 26,000 clients.

The first phase, valued at US$ 15 million, ran from 2004 until the first half of 2006 and involved the installation of 60 transformers to serve 12,000 clients.

Another area of Angola to benefit from Luanda’s program to boost power production over the coming year will be the province of Kwanza Sul, where the overhaul of transmission lines begun in February 2006 will allow access to energy from the Cambambe hydroelectric dam in Kwanza Norte province.

This project involves the building of around 20 pylons to carry electricity from the Cambambe dam to the Amboim (Gabela) substation and, at a later date, to the cities of Sumbe and Porto-Amboim.

A new substation at Kifangondo/Mabubas, in Bengo province, began operating at the close of 2006. At the same time, production capacity was raised by more than 60 MW as the Caminhos de Ferro and Cazenga thermal power stations came on-stream.

Luanda’s Empresa de Distribuição de Electricidade currently produces 190 MW of power.

The Angolan government has also launched projects aimed to give the southern provinces of Huíla and Namibe boosted energy production. (macauhub)