Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:41 - Updated Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:40
Electrical power sector to make 200,000 connections per year
Luanda - An annual average of 200,000 home electrical connections will be made in the country by 2022, to allow 50 percent of the Angolan population (29 million inhabitants) to have access to electricity, announced Wednesday here, Energy and Water minister, João Baptista Borges.
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Distribuição de energia no Xitoto província do Namibe (arquivo)
Photo: Rosario dos Santos
Energy and Water minister, João Baptista Borges
Photo: Alberto Julião
By 2015, only 30 percent of the Angolan population had access to electricity, while energy losses in the country exceeded 40 percent.
The goal of 200,000 connections could be achieved with the conclusion of the works of the large hydroelectric projects (Lauca and Caculo Cabaça) and the Soyo combined cycle power station, as well as other ongoing investments, according to the minister, who was speaking at the first meeting of Prodel's staff.
In these new electrical connections, the pretension of the sector is to install prepaid meters throughout the country, so that the revenues collected can cover the operating and maintenance costs, which will grow with the increase of capacity that is being installed and ensure improve the remuneration of all workers and technicians in the sector.
By 2025, the goal is to reach 7,500 megawatts, through the Lauca, Caculo Cabaça projects in progress in the country, initiatives along the Kwanza river, Catumbela, Cunene, among other investments that will be carried out in the country aiming at the extension of the public power grid.
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