Angola finances construction of power transmission line in Sao Tome and Principe

21 August 2014

Construction of a power transmission line costing an estimated U$5.3 million began Wednesday in Sao Tome and Principe, the Sao Tome minister of Public Works and Natural Resources, Fernando Manquego said.

Funded by a credit line from Angola, the work is intended to carry power from the Santo Amaro power plant in Lobata district to the central district of Água-Grande, in the capital of Sao Tome and Principe.

The contract also includes construction of two substations for power distribution in suburban areas and improvements to the network of state water and electricity company Empresa Nacional de Agua e Electricidade, the minister added.

Construction of the transmission line, which has been awarded to a Portuguese company, is intended to improve the electricity supply to the capital of Sao Tome and Principe and other locations, where power cuts are frequent due to overload of the distribution grid.

As well as the Santo Amaro and Água-Grande power plants, the island of Sao Tome also has the Bobo-forro private power plant, which is under Italian management and produces a total of 13 megawatts, which is not considered enough to supply the archipelago’s main island. (macauhub/ST/AO)