Angola: Western Corridor Project brings together SADC energy ministers in Luanda

9 July 2008

Luanda, Angola, 9 July – The energy ministers of the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) involved in the Western Corridor project (Angola, South Africa, Bostwana, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo) met Tuesday in Luanda, to analyse the current situation of implementing the project.

The Western Corridor project’s main aim is to build a high voltage line over a stretch of 3,000 kilometres from the Inga hydroelectric dam (Democratic Republic of the Congo) where the power plant will be built, linking Angola, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

The project, which is expected to cost some US$4 billion, will also include construction of a 3,500 megawatt power plant.

Two agreements have already been signed for its implementation, the first of which between the governments involved (DR Congo, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa), which authorise their companies to be involved.

The second convention was signed between companies the National Electricity Company of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola’s EBERm NamPower of Namibia, BPC (Botswana) and Eskom (South Africa). (macauhub)