Following the ongoing actions made public by the Head of the Energy and Water Sector, João Baptista Borges, on May 22 this year, a 220/30 kV – 10 Mva Mobile Substation was concluded and will start operating on Wednesday. The substation was installed in Quibala municipality, with power to meet the power consumption needs of this historical municipality in Kwanza Sul province.
The project also includes other actions such as the construction of several support infrastructures, particularly, the Medium and Low Voltage distribution networks, including household connections.
According João Baptista Borges, this project that will be inaugurated next, Wednesday, September 16, is part of the implementation of the Government’s programs aimed at improving the living conditions of the population and represents the fulfillment of another of the promises of the Angolan Executive, announced in Quibala, Kwanza Sul province, on November 11, 2019, in the central act that marked the date of proclamation of national independence.
All this action was carried out with reused material provided by ENDE, RNT and PRODEL and took place in a very complex phase, as is known, conditioned by the Covid-19 pandemic that also ravages the country and Angolans. The works have now come to an end, and will allow regular electric light to reach the homes of thousands of inhabitants of this locality, including agro-livestock units.
The project also includes the extension of the electrical grid to agricultural farms, a process that is underway in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, including the construction of medium voltage lines with about 75 km in length, which aims at the sustainable development of agriculture taking advantage of the existing availability of hydroelectric power from the national grid, adds João Baptista Borges.
The works were executed in six months, and the arrival of electricity to this locality puts an end to a long period of shortage, partially suppressed by groups and alternative means of generation, particularly in the lighting of homes. Now, both the population and the local business class, mostly dedicated to agro-livestock, will no longer spend a considerable part of their income on the purchase of fuel and the high costs of maintaining generators.
With electric light from the public grid in Quibala, more solid bases will be laid to stimulate its socio-economic development.