Angolan consortium builds power plant in Sao Tome and Principe

23 April 2014

An Angolan consortium plans to build a natural gas-fired and solar power plant in Sao Tome, the main island of the Sao Tome and Principe archipelago in West Africa, as part of an agreement signed with the country’s government, Angola’s secretary of state for Infrastructure and Natural Resources, said.

Secretary of State José Maria Fonseca told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the project, which will be built in the city of Neves, would be finished within 18 months.

The project includes two separate units – a power plant with two gas-fired turbines with capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) each and solar panels with a capacity of 5 MW, producing a total of 35 MW of electricity.

The island of Sao Tome is supplied with electricity by small power plants driven by diesel supplied by Angolan company Sonangol, but has built up a debt to the company “which is growing” according to the secretary of state and currently stands at US$17 million.

Potential production of natural gas in the Joint Development Zone (JDZ) between Sao Tome and Principe and Nigeria is also encouraging for the Sao Tome government in its negotiations with the Angolan consortium, which will invest just over US$40 million in the power plant. (macauhub/AO/ST)