Angola: EDEL invests in expansion of electricity grid

26 May 2008

Luanda, Angola, 26 May – Angolan state electricity company, EDEL over the last six years has invested over US$87 million in boosting and expanding its electricity grid in Luanda, the company’s chairman said in the Angolan capital Friday.

Speaking to Angolan news agency, Angpop, João Baptista Borges said that the investment had made it possible for around 69,000 families to gain access to the company’s services.

The projects were carried out with funding from the central government and the company’s own funds.

Most of the investment has provided, so far, an increased electricity distribution, to 1,518 gigawatt hours (GWH) from 909 GWH in 2002.

In terms of the medium and low voltage network, he added that in the period 350 transformation posts were set up in new areas of Luanda, including the Golfe, Hoji-Ya-Henda, Cazenga, Palanca, Prenda and Samba neighbourhoods.

According to Borges, electricity distribution is currently carried out in Luanda using eight sub-stations, 22 sectioning posts and over 1,200 transmission posts, with a capacity of 360 megawatts.

Luanda province has an estimated population of 5 million, and EDL has over 2 million customers. (macauhub)