14 Jul 2014 15:20pm
CALAI, ANGOLA, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - The national power utilities of Namibia and Angola on Thursday entered into an agreement for Namibia to supply electricity to the Cuando Cubango Province in southern Angola.
The Namibia Power Corporations (NamPower) Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba and the Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE) Board chairperson Carlos Santos Neves signed the agreement, which includes the development of cross-border electricity infrastructure.
The deal was sealed at the Government Municipal Offices at Calai in Angola.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), NamPower will supply medium-voltage electricity to six villages and settlements in southern Angola.
The beneficiary areas are Olupale, Cahila, Katwitwi, Chacha, Jamba and Bwabwata.
The first phase of the project, to be financed by the Angolan Government, will be constructed at a cost of N.dollars 60,5 million.
It is expected to take nine months to complete.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Shilamba said the MoU is a clear demonstration that the two power corporations are prepared and determined to work together, especially in the areas of infrastructural expansion and economic development in the best interests of the two countries.
He stated that they both are committed to the principles of bilateral and economic cooperation, noting that NamPower will play its part in the implementation of the agreement.
NamPower is committed to continue with the supply of electricity to cross-border towns in southern Angola, and will be prepared to extend power supply to new towns and settlements in that region whenever we are requested to do so, as it is the case at the moment, the NamPower MD noted.
NamPower currently supplies 10MVA power to Ondjiva, the capital of the southern Cunene Province in Angola.
Neves echoed similar sentiments, saying the ENE is ready to continue cooperating with the Namibian power utility.