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Line that will take energy from the north to the south of the country begins to be built. First stone has already been laid

The stone that marks the start of work on the extension of the 400 kilowatt high voltage line, which aims to bring energy from the north to the south of the country, was launched this Friday by the Government. This project, whose launch took place in Lubango (Huíla) at the hands of the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, will make it possible to supply electrical energy, with quality and quantity, to more than one million citizens in the provinces of Huíla and of Namibe, over the next three years.

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Lasting 26 months, the work on what will be a substation will be financed by the African Development Bank, worth 220 million dollars, enabling the construction of a line with a length of 343 kilometers that will connect Huambo and Lubango, writes Angop.

On the occasion, Baptista Borges highlighted the importance of demining to implement the project. Thus, he considered that the completion of demining, as well as the delivery of the certificate for the demined area on that route, constitute a milestone for the sector, as the conditions are created for work to begin.

Quoted by Angop, the holder of the Energy and Water portfolio emphasized that, within the framework of the National Development Plan for the period 2023-2027, the Government placed the connection between the electrical systems in the center (Huambo) and south (Huíla) at the center of its priorities, to provide people with more quantity and quality of electricity.

The minister also said that, after arriving in Lubango and Namibe, the Executive planned to expand to the municipality of Cahama, in the province of Cunene, with a view to connecting to the system in Namibia.

Already mentioned in a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Water, to which VerAngola had access, João Baptista Borges said that "the main objective is to bring more energy capacity to meet all the needs of the region".

Furthermore, he also pointed out that this line project "will employ many young people".

Hélio de Almeida, acting governor of the province of Huíla, cited by Angop, made it known that this infrastructure is included in the region's strategic governance action plan, with the expectation that the other nine municipalities will join the five that are already part of the public electricity network, adding: "This act marks one of the fundamental stages in the implementation of this high voltage line".

It is in the north of the country that the largest share of dams is located, and this area ends up presenting a surplus in terms of energy production. On the contrary, the south of the country is struggling with energy shortages, which is why, according to Angop, the Government invested in the expansion of electrical energy via the Malanje, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Huambo and Huíla connection, which will go out to the provinces of Namibe and Cunene.

According to the guardianship's note, at the ceremony handing over the certificate for the demined area along the line between Huambo and Lubango, the Minister of National Defense, Former Combatants and Veterans of the Fatherland, João Ernesto dos Santos Liberdade, the Secretary of State for Energy, Arlindo Carlos, the vice-governor of Huíla and Huambo, the representative of the African Development Bank for Angola and São Tomé, among others.


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