President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos says Angola will invest $17bn in electricity generation and distribution by 2016, in an effort to build the country, both economically and socially.

This week Dos Santos inaugurated the $279m 60 MW Gove dam in the Huambo province, one of the most affected by the recent war.
President of Angola
Citing the drive as an attempt to give low income classes better access to energy, Dos Santos said the plan will also be about developing industry and job creation.

A 27-year civil war that ended a decade ago devastated Angola, destroying most of its infrastructure, including energy plants and networks, and despite investment the electricity service has continued to be unreliable, reports Reuters.

Consumers and businesses are forced to buy expensive generators because of long and regular outages and analysts say only 30 per cent of the population of around 18 million has access to electricity.

Dos Santos says investment will be targeted at boosting electricity generation capacity to 5000 MW by 2016 from 1200 MW and to link Angola’s fragmented power grid.

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