Bridging the Power Gap in Angola

Transmission line in Angola
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Miguel Almeida
Power Africa and the AfDB are working together to increase energy access in Angola. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Claudio

AfDB’s Half Billion Dollar Loan to Angola

In March 2020, the AfDB announced a loan to the Government of Angola to improve and expand Angola’s transmission capacity and connect 1.2 million new customers to the grid.

The map shows the intended 343 km transmission line between Huambo and Lubango (in green). The red lines are existing 400 kV lines in the North. Source: AfDB ESEEP I Project Appraisal Report

Empowering Local Project Management

RNT operates like many utilities in the region; they are often thinly stretched across multiple activities, with limited resources, which can lead to delays in project implementation.

  • Determination of essential functions required in a PIU and developing an organogram
  • Evaluation of staff competencies and providing capacity building to address gaps
  • Assignment of PIU team members to respective functions
  • Review of internal processes and stakeholder relationships
  • Preparation of the PIU budget
  • Set up of digital platforms for data sharing (and storing) and document collaboration (and approval)
  • Drafting procurement documents and notices and evaluating bids (expressions of interest, terms of reference, technical evaluation reports)
  • Facilitating the procurement of technical consultants and contractors needed for the project
  • Development and implementation of an environmental and social management system
  • Identification of risks and the establishment of mitigation plans
  • Development of a project charter, governance structure, work plan, and manual

Moving Forward in a Global Pandemic

In March 2020, COVID-19 travel restrictions resulted in the cancellation of key in-person workshops and training sessions. Despite these challenges, Power Africa’s technical advisory team and RNT continued to move activities forward by conducting virtual workshops across focal areas such as engineering, procurement, and environmental management.

“We managed to reach many of the acquisition and project milestones, regardless of the many challenges that 2020 brought (which included new ways of working), and as the RNT PIU, we would like to thank Power Africa for the role it played in the project in November 2019 when we were establishing the PIU, and in the beginning of 2020 when we started to operationalize it. We look forward to the continued collaboration on this important project that will benefit the Angolan people in the future.

“I am very happy to be part of this exciting journey. I learned a lot and I look forward to what’s to come. Thanks to the collaborative effort and support from the AfDB and Power Africa, RNT is well on its way to implementing the Central–South transmission project,” Engineer Francisca Pereira, RNT PIU Project Coordinator.

Facilitating Regional Power Trade

A reliable, unconstrained, and robust power transmission network plays a fundamental role in bridging sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity demand and supply gap. Transmission is critical to unlocking generation and distribution and bringing power to those who need it most. As a result, Power Africa is focusing investment on transmission infrastructure projects and associated training to strengthen utilities’ capacities to implement these projects.

Mapping out the procurement action plan with RNT during a training workshop in Luanda in November 2019
Mapping out the procurement action plan with RNT during a training workshop in Luanda in November 2019. Photo Credit: Power Africa



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