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Sonangol's bet on solar energy will bring electricity to more than 14,000 homes in the south of the country

The implementation of two photovoltaic plants in the provinces of Namibe and Huíla – the result of collaborations between Sonangol and partners – will bring electricity to more than 14,000 homes located in Caraculo and Quilemba.


These are the photovoltaic power station of Caraculo (Namibe), whose construction is already underway, and the photovoltaic power station of Quilemba (Huíla), which is still being studied.

Manuel Barros, chairman of the Executive Committee of Sonangol's Gas and Renewable Energy Business Unit (UNGER), informed that the Caraculo project will allow 'lighting up' more than 7000 homes in that locality, at the start of next year, as well as reducing the consumption of diesel.

To be installed in a perimeter of 33 hectares, this project – which has an investment of 42 million dollars, guaranteed by Solenova, a company composed of Sonangol and Eni – will be able to produce 50 megawatts of energy, half of which in the initial phase. and the remaining 25 megawatts in the second phase, reiterated the official, quoted by Angop.

Regarding the Quilemba project, Manuel Barros indicated that, within the scope of the renewable energy strategy embraced by the flagship oil company, its implementation is being studied.

Designed for a space of 55 hectares, this project will be able to produce up to 100 megawatts, of which 49 megawatts in the initial phase.

Thus, he advanced that this plant – which involves three companies, including Sonangol and Total Energy – will supply electricity to more than 7,500 homes in that locality.

He considered that the project will bring "great benefits" to the country, in the context of the energy transition: "This project brings great benefits to our country, in the energy transition process, with an impact on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions", he said. , quoted by Angop.

After all, the two projects will allow to 'illuminate' around 14,500 houses in the localities of Caraculo and Quilemba.

The information was provided at the panel on "Energy Transition", which took place in the technical sessions preceding the VII Advisory Council of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas.

Thus, on the occasion, Vladimir Machado, director general of Sonangol's Research and Development Center (CPD), addressed the production of green hydrogen, indicating that the factory for its production is expected to be installed at the ocean terminal of Barra do Dande , writes to Angop.


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