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Caraculo Photovoltaic Plant already produces energy

The Caraculo Photovoltaic Power Plant, located in Namibe province, went into operation this Tuesday, with the inauguration of its first phase, which is expected to produce 25 megawatts (MW) of clean energy.


With the start of the photovoltaic project, the provinces of Namibe and Huíla see their electricity supply network reinforced, according to a note from the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, which VerAngola had access to.

"The two provinces in the south of Angola have reinforced their electricity supply network with another 25 MW produced by the Caraculo Photovoltaic Center (Namibe), whose first phase inauguration takes place this Tuesday, May 30", reads the note.

For the inauguration of the plant – which concerns a joint initiative between Sonangol and ENI, through Solenova – the ministers of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, and of Energy and Waters, João Baptista Borges, were invited. in the presence of the Governor of Namibe Archer Mangueira and officials from Sonangol, ENI (Solenova), on the one hand, and from PRODEL, RNT and ENDE", adds the note.

The photovoltaic project, whose work began in June last year and was completed in April this year, has 46,000 solar panels, and the clean energy it produces will make it possible to reduce the consumption of diesel for energy production, as well as reduce emissions. of greenhouse gases. Thus, the start-up of the plant – whose useful life is estimated at 25 years and which was financed at US$42 million – should generate savings of around US$28 million, considering the replacement of diesel with clean energy.

"It is planned to carry out the second phase for the production of the remaining 25 MW, totaling the project's 50MW", the ministry's statement also states.

For the president of the Angola African Energy Chamber, Sérgio Pugliese, quoted in a press release by Energy, Capital and Power, to which Lusa had access, "the inauguration of this photovoltaic plant demonstrates the Angolan Government's commitment to the energy transition".

"I recall that, during the Angola Oil & Gas 2022 Conference, in one of his interventions, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, underlined that these structural projects for the Angolan energy sector would already be in operation in 2023 ", he stressed.

"This project by Sonangol and Azule Energy also confirms the importance of events such as the Angola Oil & Gas 2023 Conference and Exhibition and their contributions to sustainable development and a decarbonized economy", added Sérgio Pugliese.

The renewable energy potential in Angola will be one of the main topics to be revealed and debated at the Angola Oil & Gas 2023 Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in September, in Luanda.


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