The electrification rate in Angola is expected to reach 60 percent by 2025, almost double the current level of 33 percent, according to forecasts released Tuesday at the end of 14th Extended Consultative Council of the Ministry of Energy and Water.
The statement at the end of the meeting in Malange province said that installed capacity is expected to increase from 2 gigawatts to 9.9 gigawatts in 2025, with a sufficient level of redundancy to guarantee a power supply even in the driest years.
According to projections included in a study that is being drawn up, it is estimated that of that total 3.2 gigawatts will installed with the participation of the private sector, and the current peak of 1.5 gigawatts will reach 7.2 gigawatts in 2025, due to a forecast increase in per capita consumption from the current 450 kilowatt hours to 1,450 kilowatt hours.
New renewable energy projects will account for a capacity of 800 megawatts, with a focus on biomass projects with a total of 500 megawatts, 100 megawatts from solar power, 100 megawatts from wind power and another 100 megawatts from mini hydropower projects.
The transmission network will be extended from 2,850 to 15,600 kilometres of 60-kilovolt, 220-kilovolt and 400-kilovolt lines by 2025.
The statement said the Angola Energia 2025 (Angola Energy 2025) project will require investment of US$20 billion between 2017 and 2025 and that private investment will be essential for the projects to be carried out. (macauhub/AO)