Cape Verdean island of Fogo inaugurates power station

18 January 2016

The single Fogo Island power station, the third in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), was inaugurated Friday, increasing power distribution capacity on the island, reported the Cape Verdean press.

The power stations gives the island new equipment, including two generating units, totalling 3,200 KW of power adding to the 2,600 KW of power from the two existing power units in the county, totalling 5,800 KW.

The project cost 642 million Cape Verdean escudos (US$6.4 million) and was funded in partnership with the cooperation agency of the Netherlands, the Bank for Investment and Development of the Economic Community of West African States and the Fund of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for International Development (OFID).

The only previous power plant, built from scratch in Porto Novo, was opened in October last year on the island of Santo Antão, with a 5,200 kilowatt output and costing around 800 million escudos (US$7.9 million).

In March 2013, the country’s first power plant was opened, located in one of the neighbourhoods of Praia, an investment of 52 million euros, co-financed by Japan’s JICA, the African Development Bank, the Bank for Investment and Development and ECOWAS. (macauhub/CV)