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Americans from 'Sun Africa' bring power and water to southern Angola for 1.5 billion dollars

The American group 'Sun Africa' will implement an electrification and water supply project in southern Angola. Budgeted at 1.5 billion dollars, the initiative will benefit the provinces of Cunene, Namibe, Cuando Cubango and Huila.

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João Baptista Borges, Minister of Energy and Water, informed that this project aims to supply energy and water to the citizens as well as stimulate the appearance of economic enterprises.

"The electrification will be done either by conventional solutions, with the extension of lines and the construction of substations, or by using solar energy, an area in which the United States of America is one of the leading countries in installing these systems, especially in remote regions, where this solution is the most available and accessible", explained the minister, adding that the project will also cover the implementation of water supply systems.

Cited by Angop, the minister explained that the financing will be mobilized by 'Sun Africa' with the Exim Bank of the United States of America and indicated that the execution deadlines will be defined as soon as the contracts are initialed.

However, he estimated that the project may be implemented in a timeframe of two years, based on the experience that exists with other works with 'Sun Africa', such as the construction of photovoltaic parks in Benguela.

The project was made official through the signing, between Angola and the American group, this Monday in Washington, of a memorandum of understanding.

The holder of the Energy and Water portfolio also said that this agreement reflects the value that the US gives to bilateral relations with Angola.