Construction of single power transmission plant on Santiago Island, Cape Verde, begins

7 May 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 7 May – The Cape Verdean government is due Friday to lay the first stone of the single power transmission plant on Santiago Island, where the capital of the archipelago, Praia, is located, a project that is expected to cost 44 million euros.

The deadline for conclusion of the work is 15 months and, as soon as it is finished, “it should definitively solve,” the energy crisis on Cape Verde’s most populated island (around half of the total population), according to a source from the Tourism, industry and Energy Ministry, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The project is funded by the Cape Verdean state, the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Investment and Development Bank of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Once this governmental project is concluded, the source said, Santiago Island would be practically linked by a single high and medium voltage power transmission network. (macauhub)