Angola sets up strategic plan to ensure development

17 December 2010

Cape Town, South Africa, 17 Dec – Angola will meet all of its development needs if it fulfils its investment plan for 2010-2016 in terms of energy production, the Angolan Minister for Energy and Water said in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa on the sidelines of a State visit by President José Eduardo dos Santos to South Africa, minister Emanuela Vieira Lopes noted that the substantial rise in power production in Angola – of approximately 7,000 megawatts – would be reached only by making use of hydroelectric generation.

In South Africa Vieira Lopes signed a cooperation agreement with South Africa in the energy sector, noting that she was, “very happy with technical cooperation underway with the South Africans, who have a the biggest generating capacity on the entire African continent.”

The Minister for Energy and Water gave assurances that technical cooperation underway between Angola and South Africa was going very well and added that, although South Africa had a nuclear power plant in the Western cape region and was still considering the possibility of expanding its capacity in this area, nuclear power was not part of the Angolan government’s plans.

“As well as the 7,000 megawatts of clean energy that is planned, our plan also includes construction of a further 150 mini hydroelectric dams and with all the resources that have yet to be used we have a lot of land to explore,” she concluded. (macauhub)