- Angola’s Secretary of State for Energy, António Belsa da Costa has announced a 26MW Solar PV project in his country.
- Construction of the plant will commence in October 2020 in Saurimo, located in the province of Lunda Sul, north east Angola.
- The construction of the plant is expected to take 17 months.
The project, presented to the members of the local government and traditional authorities, is part of the programme of the Ministry of Energy and Water, which aims to build seven solar plants in the same number of provinces in the country, at an estimated cost of 539 million Euro’s.
Belsa da Costa also announced that the transmission interconnection project of the northern system, from Malanje, in the east of the country (Lunda Norte, Moxico and Lunda Sul) was still awaiting funding.
The Lunda Sul provincial director of infrastructure and technical services, Cláudio Pemessa, said that the municipality of Saurimo needs 70 megawatts of power to improve the supply of electricity to consumers and to respond to the growth of economic activity.
The province has a current capacity of 16 megawatts produced by the Chicapa Hydroelectric Dam, but is not enough to meet the demand of an estimated population 534,000.
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Author: Bryan Groenendaal