More than Angolan 80 municipalities will have electricity by 2017

26 June 2015

By 2017 the Angolan National Rural Electrification Programme will ensure access to electricity in 86 municipal headquarters and 124 communal headquarters across the country, said Thursday in Lisbon the President of the Institute for the Regulation of Electricity Sector (IRSE).

Luis Mourão da Silva, speaking at the Energy for Development Conference of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, said the National Rural Electrification Programme, conducted at the same time as other social development programmes, will increase Angolan agricultural production.

The president of ERSE called for use of the maximum water potential of the Kwanza River (Lauca and Caculo-Cabaça), installation of combined cycle gas turbines, in partnership with Sonangol/Angola LNG and national integration of transport systems and an international link with Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New operators entering the market will be of particular importance for rural electrification, and Luis Mourão da Silva said the new General Law of Electricity was “a mechanism for the creation of conditions for rural electrification, through the National Fund for Rural Electrification.”

The government of Angola, said the president of ERSE, “established a set of strategic objectives for the electricity sector, including a priority target of a 60 percent electrification rate by 2025, compared to the current 33 percent.”

The Energy for Development Conference of the CPLP, which ended Thursday, covered issues such as “Energy Policies for the 21st Century”, “Hydrocarbons, Oil and Gas” and “Renewable Energy in CPLP Countries,” among others. (macauhub/AO)