City of Lubango in Angola to have two more thermal power plants

5 July 2012

Two new thermal power plants, with a nominal capacity of 80 megawatts, are currently being installed in the city of Lubango in Angola’s Huíla province. The two new plants are expected to start operating in August, said the provincial director for Energy and Water.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Abel João da Costa said that the bases for installing the generator groups of the Arimba power plant were ready, and was now awaiting equipment that was expected to arrive on 20 July.

The power plant being set up in the former sub-station of the Ferroviário neighbourhood, is only expected to start producing electricity in September or October, due to a delay in decommissioning the old generators that were leased from a private company.

The new plants will be driven by diesel generators, which are due to arrive in the next few days.

Abel da Costa said that the facilities were designed to meet demand not only in the “old” city but also in new urban areas.

Current demand for electricity in Lubango stands at around 90 megawatts and the investments that are underway are important to reduce restrictions placed on the city’s power supply. (macauhub)