AfDB Pumps $530m Into Angola’s Energy

The finance package, approved in December 2019 by the Board of Directors at AfDB, consists of $480 million in financing from the Bank

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Godfrey Maotcha
Godfrey Maotcha
Born and grew up in Blantyre Malawi. Worked for the Guardian ( local newspaper) and Montfort Media for six years. A print and online media house. Currently lives in Lilongwe Malawi

ANGOLA. Luanda: The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently committed $530 million to finance the construction of a 343 kilometer, 400kV central-south transmission line that will connect the north and south transmission grids in Angola and allow for the distribution of clean energy between the two regions.

The north of Angola has a surplus of more than 1,000 Megawatts of mostly renewable power, whereas the south relies on expensive diesel generators, supported by government subsidies.

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Transmission capacity will increase by 2,250 Megawatts and eliminate the need for polluting, diesel-powered generators in southern provinces. The project, once operational in 2023, will avert the consumption of 46.8 billion litres of diesel per year in the south, cutting 80 megatons of CO2 emissions. The government of Angola will save more than $130 million per year in diesel subsidies.

See also: France, World Bank Boosts Angola’s Energy Vision With 344m Euros

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The finance package, approved in December 2019 by the Board of Directors at AfDB, consists of $480 million in financing from the Bank, along with $50 million from the Africa Growing Together Fund, a $2 billion facility sponsored by the People’s Bank of China and administered by the African Development Bank.

What will the funds cater for?

The funding covers the first phase of the Energy Sector Efficiency and Expansion Program (ESEEP) in Angola, which will assist the government to connect the country’s transmission grids and tackle limited operational capacity within the Angolan power distribution utility, ENDE. Around 80 percent of residential customers in Angola are not metered, resulting in financial losses and reliance on government subsidies. As part of the ESEEP, 860,000 prepaid meters will be installed and 400,000 new customers will be connected to the grid and effectively metered.

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At the regional level, the ESEEP will be the first step to enabling a connection to the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). The new transmission line will become the backbone for the distribution of power to the southern provinces of Angola and Namibia and will enable further power trading between countries in the region.

The funding follows two other recent AfDB contributions to Angola’s energy sector strategy. In 2015, the Bank approved a $1 billion power sector reform loan for Angola, which resulted in the creation of an independent regulator and the non-bundling of the sector into distribution, transmission and distribution companies.

Angola has significantly improved capacity, operational efficiency, and sustainability of the electricity sector. In the period 2015-2019, Angola’s total installed capacity in renewable energy rose from 1,017 Megawatts to 2,763 Megawatts mainly through the improved exploitation of the country’s abundant hydro power.

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