Angola: Zaire – Soyo Combined Cycle to cover Nzeto’s power shortage

*The Zaire - Soyo Combined Cycle Power plant.

*The Zaire – Soyo Combined Cycle Power plant.

28 May 2016, Nzeto — The inauguration of the Soyo municipality’s combined gas cycle in 2017 will rise the electricity producing capacity in the municipality of Nzeto, northern Zaire province, from 0,8 MW to 58,2 MW, Angop learned.

Two substations are currently being built to secure the supply of electricity to Nzeto municipality. One of them with a capacity to generate 400 MW, to transform the power up to 60 MW and convey it 7,5 kilometres away and thus reduce to 15 MW and so meet the needs of the town and surrounding areas.

The Nzeto village substations have an installed capacity of 4800 KW, but due to failures in two generators of 1,000 KW each, only 800 kw (0.8 MW) are provided with the alternating operation of two generators of smaller capacity, thus securing a partial distribution to local neighborhoods.

Because of this, the public and administrative authorities are awaiting the start of the new energy production system.

Francisco Mulonga said that the Soyo Combined Cycle is an added value to Nzeto and other regions of Angola, as it will reduce maintenance costs, and enhance the emergence of industries since the lack of power inhibits investment.

Nzeto administrator, Geronimo Timoteo, told Angop his institution has received proposals for investment in the agro-industry, fisheries and tourism sectors in view of the entry into operation of the Soyo Combined Cycle system.

The Soyo Combined Cycle Project works that started in the second half of 2014 are expected complete in 2017.

The combined cycle is a new technology that the government has implemented for the first time in Angola. It is a process that recovers the heat from burning gas in a suitable circuit instead of releasing and pollute the atmosphere.

According to Francisco Mulongo, technically it is a closed circuit that increases by more than 50 percent the value of a thermal power plant. It is an added value which maximizes the production of more gas. It is a clean production because there are no wastes polluting the atmosphere.

The electric power from the Combined Cycle will be transported from Soyo to Luanda through a 360 kilometers line and 1,536 towers. More than 80 percent of non-line stations were set up, against 70 percent with the line already in place.

In 2017, Luanda and other provinces, besides Soyo’s 750 MW in the initial phase, will benefit from 3,550 MW of power, in addition to 2070 from the Lauca dam being built , 960 from Cambambe and 520 from Capanda.
*Angola Press

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