The placement of 1,500 towers to support the high voltage power transmission line between the combined cycle power plant under construction in Soyo to the Angolan capital, Luanda, is due to be completed in May, the Minister for Energy and Water saidWednesday.
Minister João Baptista Borges, on a visit to Soyo, noted the work was being conducted “at a satisfactory pace”, and the company awarded the contraction to install the towers was expected to complete the work at the end of the rainy season.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister said that a power transmission line would also be installed in the coming months on the Nzeto/Tomboco/Mbanza Congo/ Nóqui/Cuimba route, in Zaire province, as well as the northern and southern areas of Luanda province.
Initially, the Soyo combined-cycle power plant is expected to generate 750 megawatts of electricity. Later on a further 500 megawatts will be added, which is considered to be enough to serve the region and other parts of the country.
Available data indicates that about 2 million customers in the provinces of Zaire, Luanda, Bengo and Uíge, will start receiving electricity produced by the gas-fired plant in Soyo in 2017. (macauhub/AO)