Angola power program includes studies of two small hydros

Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water Affairs has received a grant to prepare electricity distribution master plans for two cities and pre-feasibility studies for two small hydroelectric projects.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) approved a technical assistance grant of US$626,850 to develop master plans for the two cities in Angola’s interior, Cuchi and Luena. The program includes pre-feasibility studies for two small hydro plants, 1.2-MW Kaquima and 2.7-MW Chafinda, proposed nearby.

TDA said U.S. firms would be recruited to perform the grant-funded work.

U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Francisco Fernandez and Angola Energy Director Francisco Talino signed a grant agreement August 3 in Luanda. Angola and the United States, former Cold War foes, recently have been strengthening commercial ties. (HNN 6/13/07)

Angola’s electricity infrastructure largely was built prior to its independence in 1975. The ensuing civil war damaged much infrastructure, which also suffers from general disrepair and a lack of maintenance. Only 15 percent of the population has electricity service.

TDA said the work, once complete, could be used as a model for isolated regions throughout Angola.

The Kaquima and Chafinda proposal was included in a 2006 consultant study of funding opportunities in the Southern Africa Power Pool region. The study, by Econergy International Corp. of the United States, proposed that the U.S. support projects to improve transmission and distribution in Angola and Mozambique, with related work involving hydropower. (HNN 11/24/06)

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