Angola: New transformer to improve power supply in Malange

5 November 2008

Malange, Angola, 5 Nov – Installation of a new transformer with a 7.5 megawatt capacity will improve the supply of electricity to the city of Malange and its outskirts, the director of the Malanje centre of electricity company Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE) said.

Luís Costa, who according to Angolan news agency Angop was speaking at a press conference on the constant power cuts and restrictions in the city of Malanje, said the bad service was due to an increase in number of customers and appliances used in homes, which has overloaded the current 5 megawatt transformer.

Costa also said that Spanish company Isolux and Chinese company Semek were carrying out preliminary studies to replace the transformers and increase their capacity from 5 to 10 megawatts, of the Sonefe and Capopa sub-stations, as well as setting up new transformer posts.

The director of ENE in Malange also said that the project included supplying electricity to the municipalities of Caculama, Quela, Cangandala, Calandula and the penitentiary unit of Damba, adding that in the future when the lack of power has been overcome, pre-paid and standard electricity metres will be installed in homes and other establishments. (macauhub)