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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:14 - Updated Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:15

30 percent of Angolan population has access to electricity

Luanda - Thirty percent of the Angolan population has access to electricity, while the losses of energy in the country exceeds 40 percent.

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The data were released Wednesday in Luanda by the consultant for the electricity sector, Miguel Barreto.

Miguel Barreto was presenting the report on evaluation of the shortcomings of the electricity sector in Angola at the seminar aimed at analyzing report on validation of the energy sector.

Miguel Barreto pointed out the need to maintain the development of the water sector and engagement of the private sector as among the main challenges for the country.

As for the energy resources used in the country, the consultant mentioned firewood, charcoal, water, renewable energy and oil as the major representative of the economy, with about nine billion barrels of reserves, accounted for about 15 years of production.

In the electricity sector, the country experienced strong growth in energy consumption over the past few years, an increase of available production capacity and extension of distribution networks while there are strong growth prospects until 2025.

With regard Energy and Economic Development, he said that the fuel subsidies in Angola stood at 3.7 percent in 2014.

As for the economics of the sector between 2012/2013, he said that the revenues increased from 14 billion Kwanzas to 26 billion kwanzas.

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