Angola: ChiAng electricity distribution project, in Luanda, to go into final stages

11 March 2009

Luanda, Angola, 11 March – The ChiAng project, which aims to refurbish and expand the electricity distribution grid in the city of Luanda, is due to move into its final two stages, the most recent edition of newspaper Expansao reported.

The paper cited the chairman of Luanda Electricity Company, EDEL, João Baptista Borges, as saying that the project,, which was funded by the central government via a credit line provided by China, would cost US$203 million and the biggest impact on the grid’s growth would be seen as of now.

“The fourth phase includes setting up eight new high voltage sub-stations and supplying electricity to an area of 55 square kilometres and, with this, electricity supply to over 100,000 homes,” said Baptista Borges.

In order to carry out the third phase, the central government has provided US$28.4 million, resulting from a contract with China Machinery Building International, which will include linking the homes to the electricity grid and refurbishment of the medium and low voltage networks in the centre and south of Luanda.

The work, which is due to be concluded within 22 months, is designed to meet the increased demand for electricity arising from the city’s population growth and will benefit some 26,000 families. (macauhub)