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

22 October 2012

The electricity supply in the Angolan city of Lubango is set to improve in December when two new thermal power plants start operating with a capacity of 40 megawatts each, said provincial governor João Marcelo Tyipinge.

The provincial director of power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE) in Huíla, João Pinto, said that work to set up the two plants was underway and that the first tests on the Arimba power plant would be carried out in November.

“We are concluding the installation of the two plants, the Arimba one, which is practically built, as well as the one in Bairro Ferroviário,” said Pinto, adding that the two plants would provide 80 percent of the city with electricity.

Lubango is currently supplied with electricity by the Greco power plant and the Matala dam, which has a single generator group in operation due to reduced flow of the river, which provides coverage of 70 percent and requires restrictions to be put in place at peak times.

He also noted that as part of the programme to extend the power distribution grid to the city of Lubango and its outskirts, half of the 73 transformation posts had already been installed. (macauhub)