Angola’s government plans to increase the electrification rate up to 60% by 2025, investing billions in the energy sector to construct new power stations, transmission and distribution networks and to rehabilitate existing facilities. Angola not only wants to improve its energy supply, but also to become an electricity exporting country in the Southern African Development Community (SADAC).
A special focus is on energy production from hydropower – there is an estimated potential of about 150,000 GWh/year corresponding to an impressive installed capacity of about 18,000 MW. Only some 4% of this hydropower potential has been tapped so far.
Angola has already defined potential hydropower projects in the three main river basins - the Cuanza River in the north, Catumbela River in central Angola and Cunene River in the south. In the coming years it is expected that the power production capacity will be increased from the existing 1,528 MW up to about 5,000 MW. Angola is also planning to open up the energy market for private investors in the near future, especially with regard to smaller hydropower projects.