The Belo Monte substation project which is expected to provide electricity to 300,000 households and benefit more than 2.5 million people has been commissioned.
The handover ceremony of the Belo Monte substation in the electrification and household connection project in Luanda, Angola contracted by a Chinese enterprise was held on Wednesday in Cacuaco, Luanda province.
According to news agency Xinhua net, the electrification and household connection project is located in the provinces of Luanda and Bengo. The project started in October 2016 with a contract period of 34 months and a contract value of some $675 million.
Li Xunfeng, chief representative of Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) in Angola, explained that the Belo Monte substation project in Luanda mainly includes the construction of nine substations and related supporting projects.
The project is expected to be completed in August this year, with all nine substations already in operation.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water, Joao Borges, said that the Luanda province electrification and household connection project is part of the Angolan National Development Plan, which mainly guarantees the national electricity supply in Angola.
Borges highlighted that once the project is in full operation, “it is expected that more than 2.5 million people will benefit. At the same time, the project will create new jobs and promote local social development”.
The Chinese ambassador to Angola, Gong Tao, said that the project is a microcosm of cooperation in the field of financing and infrastructure construction in China and Angola.