Angolan businesspeople allowed to produce electricity on a small scale

6 December 2013

Angolan businesspeople interested in investing in electricity production on a small scale can apply for licenses from the Ministry for Energy and Water, Minister João Baptista Borges said.

During a round table meeting on the state business sector, the minister said that just 33 percent of the Angolan population had access to electricity, which was “below the Millennium Goals.”

According to Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola, some private Angolan companies are producing power on a small scale following the reconstruction of the Mabubas, Lumaum and Chicapa dams.

The Ministry for Energy and Water has focused on public-private partnerships on a small scale, but with significant local impact, and has plans to make use of renewable energy and particularly small hydroelectric facilities, wind systems and forestry biomass systems to provide electricity to rural areas.

The Angolan governments set out a Plan of Action for the Energy and Water Sector for 2013-2017, which outlines that by the end of 2014 the country will have a power generation capacity of 1,500 megawatts, of a total of 5,000 megawatts to be installed by 2016. (macauhub)