CIF cement plant provides electricity to the Angolan public grid

13 November 2015

The cement plant of the China International Fund group (CIF) in Luanda will provide 50 megawatts of electricity to the Angolan public grid, under a presidential order authorising the purchase of energy.

The order, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, said that the power purchase agreement would be valid for ten years but gave no figures for the amounts involved in the purchase of electricity by the state-owned Rede Nacional de Transporte (National Transmission Grid).

“Given that the studies conducted to assess the supply and demand for electricity in the Luanda region indicate a deficit of 400 megawatts (this contract is authorised) until structural projects that are underway start operating,” said the order authorising the contract with CIF.

The government of Angola is working on several projects that will increase national electricity production, including construction of two damsby Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

This is the case of the Lauca hydroelectric facility in the municipality of Cambambe (Kwanza Norte province), costing US$4.3 billion and financed by a credit line from Brazil and from 2017 will produce 2,070 megawatts and serve 5 million people.

Another of the works involves increasing the power of the Cambambe hydroelectric facility, in the same municipality, which will increase from 180 megawatts – since it opened in 1963, in the Portuguese colonial period – to 700 megawatts and be put into operation in stages during the second half of 2016.

The future Soyo combined-cycle plant, the construction of which is the responsibility of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and that will cost the Angolan state more than US$900 million, will provide electricity to the capital, Luanda, and north of Angola from 2017 onwards. (macauhub/AO/CN)