Africa Can Become Important Power Production Source - Official

11 September 2014

Angola Press

Africa is one of the regions of the world with major unexplored energetic reserves, which expands its chances to become one of the main energy producers.

This was said Tuesday in Luanda by the CEO of the National Electricity Company (ENE), José Carlos, while addressing the opening of the 18th Congress of the African Electricity Companies.

Jose Carlos said the challenges facing the continent in the energy sector must take into account renewable sources of power.

According to the manager, renewable sources of energy must be explored in a sustained way as to contribute to reduce poverty and social exclusion.

"We need to analyse the sector of energy in Africa to detail, so we can find the avenues to develop the renewable sources in a sustainable way," he stated.

He said he hopes the event that started Tuesday will produce positive results helping to improve the member countries' power production strategies.

The official said that ENE, as a member organisation, hopes to share experiences of the Angolan reality with its counterparts.

The 18th Congress of the African Energy Companies is taking place at the same time as the 1st edition of the African Electricity Fair being attended by 80 exhibitors in Luanda.

The African Energy Companies Association is a continental organisation established in 1970, with headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

It is a permanent member of the Executive Council of the Africa Energy Commission and a privileged partner to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), of the African Union Commission and of the African Development Bank.

It is also a founding member of the Managing Committee of the African Electrotechnic Normalisation Commission and is tasked with promoting the development and integration of the continent's electricity sector and thus facilitate a long-term establishment of an African power market.

The association groups 54 active members in Africa and 16 companies. It also has associate members around the world. The 17th Congress of the African Electricity Companies took place from 28-31 May 2012 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

Category: Energy

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