Cape Verde: Government buys equipment to supply electricity to rural areas on islands of Santiago, Fogo and Maio

3 March 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 3 March – The Cape Verdean government has invested 2.7 million euros on the electrification of rural areas of the islands of Santiago, Fogo and Maio, the director-general for Industry and Energy, Abraão Lopes, said in Praia Friday.

The electrical equipment, which has almost all been purchased from Portuguese companies, is already in a warehouse in Praia and will serve the areas of Ribeira Grande, São Jorge dos Órgãos, Santa Cruz, S. Miguel, Tarrafal and Santa Catarina, on Santiago Island, as well as the islands of Fogo and Maio.

“The projects are already underway, the contracts have been signed and the contractors are already on the ground,” said Lopes.

The current coverage rate of electricity in Cape Verde is 80 percent, Lopes noted, adding that after these projects were concluded this rate would be 85 percent.

By 2011, the economy minister, José Brito said, the government aimed to have 95 percent of the country with access to electricity, and reach total coverage by 2015.

He also said that a Swiss, Swedish and Dutch owned renewable energy company would come into operation and would boost the energy supply in urban areas. (macauhub)