The prosperity and life prospects of communities in rural Angola will always be limited as long as they rely on expensive, inefficient and polluting diesel-powered generators for their electricity.
The Sumbe-Gabela-Waku Kungo (SGWK) transmission line project aims to expand the Angolan national electricity transmission network into rural areas, enabling a greater number of households, as well as factories, water systems, schools and medical facilities, access to grid-provided electricity.
The social and economic impact of the SGWK project will be considerable. By connecting over 150,000 Angolans living in remote villages to the national electricity grid the project will replace inefficient and costly diesel-powered generation with with a reliable source of power generated from clean renewable sources. The impact will go beyond immeasurably improving the standard of living for individual families. There will be a positive effect on business development, the resultant economic growth leading to job creation and further investment. Moreover, since the fuel from the national grid is primarily hydroelectric it is environmentally benign, a happy contrast to the existing diesel-powered systems.
Answering a need:
As much as 70 per cent of the Angolan population currently has no access to grid-provided electricity. The rural population has no alternative, therefore, but to rely on their diesel-powered generators which are highly inefficient and extremely polluting.
Since the goal of the SGWK transmission project is to expand the Angolan electricity transmission grid into rural areas of Angola, the scale of construction is considerable. 330km of electricity lines will be rolled out, of which 255km will be high-voltage, and 75km low-voltage lines. Five new electricity substations will be installed while two existing stations will be renovated.
The SGWK Project will enable the delivery of new possibilities to rural communities. It will connect isolated peoples to a reliable source of power.