Luanda electricity company, in Angola loses US$10 million per year through electricity thefts

9 September 2010

Luanda, Angola, 9 Sept – Angolan state electricity company, EDEL is losing around US$10 million per year due to illegal tapping of electricity and non-payment by customers, the company’s chairman said.

Speaking to Angolan news agency, Angop, José Manuel Francisco said that the amount could be invested in setting up a further 50 transformation posts and other equipment, in several municipalities of Luanda.

Therefore, he said, EDEL was setting up activities to reduce commercial losses.

According to Francisco, the activities included installing meters, introduction of new pay-as-you-go technologies, such as seeing up distribution centre facilities in the nine municipalities of Luanda, which would make it easier to supervise customers and more effectively follow the consumption of each customer in an integrated way.

According to the chairman of EDEL, by 2003 Luanda had three sub-station for electricity supply, it currently has 11 and in 2012 plans to install 25.

EDEL currently has over 200,000 medium and low voltage customers for an estimated population of over 4 million people. (macauhub)