According to Angolan Minister for Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, a new thermal power plant with capacity to produce 150 megawatts of electrical energy is being built to alleviate the energy demand in Luanda, the capital and largest city in Angola.
Power cuts in Luanda is the product of increased of consumption that contributes to the increase of deficits, since the supply capacity is not constant”, Borges told Reporters during a visit to the substations as part of the Soyo combined cycle power project. The Energy minister however said the new project was not actually a response to the huge demand for power, but stressed that the answer will be given by structural projects including Cambambe, Lauca dams, and the combined cycle power plant in Soyo
Angola is Africa’s second largest producer of crude oil and it had announced plans to build hydroelectric plants to boost power generation fivefold in 2013 in a bid to attract investment to other industries to the country
The nation’s Ministry of Energy and Water signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Oil and Gas Company to achieve the country’s 2000 MW of electric power generation capacity target by 2016. In addition, GE helped complete installations at three power plants in the country.
The Government of Angola had awarded a 66- month contract to environmental and engineering consultancy Coba in June 2013 to provide services and equipment for Laúca hydropower plant currently under construction by state-owned power utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola (ENE).