The government of Angola is currently undertaking strong initiatives to improve the supply of electricity to all localities of the country.  Authorities are working on the construction of a new thermal station at the locality of Kaluapanda, some 12 kilometers of Kuito, as well as promoting investment into both construction and rehabilitation of power stations in other key provinces.  These initiatives necessitate the purchasing of generators with increased capacity and additionally require the replacement of low and medium voltage networks.  

H. E. Emanuela Vieira Lopes, Minister of Energy and Water, has placed particular emphasis on the refurbishment of both ENE and EDEL, the nation’s power utilities, when discussing the nation’s plans for 2010.  The Honorable Minister, accompanied by critical Angolan energy officials, will set the stage for reform, unbundling and development at the Tropico Hotel in Luanda on May 6 and 7 by further discussing the nation’s potential and priorities for electrification during the premier iPAD Power Industry Forum for Southern Africa.  

The Power Industry Forum for Southern Africa will unite electricity utilities from across the southern continent to share experiences and identify solutions for power infrastructure enhancement.  The event is perfectly timed to showcase viable investment opportunities that will pinpoint how best to allocate the estimated US$ 8.4 billion that is forecast to be invested into electricity infrastructure in the region over the next few years.   

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