Cabo Verde government plans full electricity coverage

3 August 2015

The government of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) wants to ensure full electricity supply coverage to the population of the archipelago by 2016, the Cape Verdean Prime Minister said recently.

Neves acknowledged that the country still had great regional disparities in term of the supply of electricity but stressed that with the investments already made in all the country’s islands, national coverage currently totals 96 percent.

Last Wednesday Neves opened a new extension of the Palmarejo Power Station, which supplies the whole island of Santiago and has been expanded and equipped with two new generator sets of 11.3 megawatts each, bringing the station’s installed capacity to 71 megawatts.

This boost to the plant, which supplies the largest and most populated island of the Cabo Verde archipelago, cost about 20 million euros, according to the prime minister, cited by pan-African news agency Panapress.

The government aims to increase power production capacity in order to offer a better quality of electricity and water services on all the islands, said Neves.

The Cape Verdean Prime Minister noted that his government has been focusing on renewable energy, which currently makes up between 25 and 30 percent of the energy produced in the country.

The Minister of Tourism, Investment and Business Development, Leonesa Fortes, who is responsible for the energy sector, said that after a lot of investment, it is now possible to call the country’ power supply stable, with a substantial reduction of blackouts and a quality and safe power supply. (macauhub/CV)