Cape Verde: European Union funds energy project on Santo Antao Island

28 January 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 28 Jan – Two areas on the island of Santo Antao, in the Cape Verde archipelago, will benefit from a program co-financed by the European Union (EU) for electricity supply based on renewable energy.

Estimated to cost 163 million Cape Verdean escudos, 70 percent of which will be funded by the EU via a fund for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the project will benefit the areas of Tarrafal and Monte Trigo on the island of Santo Antao and is scheduled to take 36 months.

Signed Thursday in Praia the financing contract is aimed at meeting the basic energy needs of the two areas via two micro-grids based on renewable energy (solar and water), 24 hours per day and the creation of operations and maintenance management schemes.

Santo Antao is one of the nine inhabited island of Cape Verde, located in the Barlavento group of islands, in the northeast of the archipelago. It is the second largest island by area and the third by population, and is around 40 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide.

Santo Antao is the western-most island in the archipelago and thus the furthest away from the African continent, and its westernmost point is considered to be the westernmost point of Africa. (macauhub)