Luanda, Angola, 23 June – A 220kV electricity transmission line between the city of Uíge and Maquela do Zombo, over 200 kilometres long, was inaugurated this week, Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.
Built by Brazilian company Camargo Corrêa, under the terms of a tender that includes installation of a medium and low voltage grid and public lighting in Maquela do Zombo, the transmission line will link the northern region of Angola and the Maquela do Zombo sub-station is completely automated.
Via a fibre optic telecommunications system it is possible to operate the Maquela do Zombo sub-station remotely from the Uíge sub-station without it requiring an operator.
Around 250,000 people in northern Angola will benefit from the new transmission line. Over the next two years the line is due to be extended, which will increase the number of people with access to electricity to around half a million.
The contract signed by the Angolan government with Camargo Corrêa, following a public tender launched in 2007, was worth US$108.7 million. (macauhub)