Angola spends millions of dollars to manufacture electricity meters

9 July 2015

The government of Angola plans to spend US$432 million installing over 1 million electricity meters by 2017, said Tuesday in Luanda the minister of Energy and Water.

Minister João Baptista Borges, who was speaking at the end of the first ordinary meeting of the National Social Dialogue Council, said the sum already included the construction, within six months, of a factory that will start producing the electricity meters in Angola.

Baptista Borges, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, also said that to date around 170,000 meters had been installed in 12 of Angola’s 18 provinces.

This project aims to replace most of the post-paid meters for prepaid meters, and the minister argued that the latter have the advantage of not allowing debts to build up as customers only pay for what they consume.

“The customer manages their consumption and does not accumulate debt and the companies build up revenues to ensure maintenance and operation of the systems,” he said. (macauhub/AO)