Angola aims to create a 60% electricity access rate by 2025 to its population in both rural and urban regions.
About 344 million euros were underwritten by France and the World Bank to assist with the connection of provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Huila and Luanda to the national grid.
It is said that the project will greatly benefit households, industries, businesses and small to medium enterprises in Angola by fulfilling the goal of increasing access to cheaper, more reliable and sustainable electricity.
It is not only the common individuals and residents who claim about constraints in the supply of electricity and piped water as the dilemma is also highlighted by private investors, to be the main barriers to the country’s industrialization objectives.
The head of the French Development Agency in Angola Louis Antoine Souchet, stated that currently in the country only one third of the population has access electricity under good conditions, and with that being so, the objective is to firstly modernize and extend the electrical network in the four biggest provinces of Angola but also working towards improving the performance of the public companies in the sector, the three public companies in production, transport and distribution sector.
Antoine also said that they are going to create a project management unit at the Ministry of Water and Energy that will supervise the technical issues in the three public companies in the sector with the aim to ensure that the project progresses under good conditions and that the financial means are effectively utilised.
In addition to the energy sector, French cooperation supports projects in Angola that have to do with rural development and with the extension of the urban water network that is said to have already benefited about 900,000 residents of the most vulnerable neighbourhoods.
The government aims to eliminate waste and to achieve efficiency by creating three separate agencies under the plan that will be responsible for generation, transmission and distribution.
It is expected that the transmission lines are to move from the current 2,850 kilometres to 15,600 kilometres by the year 2025 on lines of 60 kilovolts, 220 kilovolts and 400 kilovolts.
Luanda is also receiving support from Paris to transform its rural areas by funding projects that deliver piped water to small towns.
Urbanization in Angola is fast rising but its towns are not properly planned and lack social amenities, so the fulfilment of these projects will greatly assist the country as well as its economy as businesses will be able to operate under stable and affordable electrical supply.