São Tomé and Principe: AfDB approves €12.46 million to support energy transition

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved €12.46 million to support the Energy Transition and Institutional Support Program (ETISP) of São Tomé and Principe.

The financing cover the major part of the program, which costs around €13 million. The rest of the funding will be supplemented by the government, according to AfDB.

The project will run for a period of 5 years. It aims, among other things, to inject electricity from renewable energy sources into the São Tomé and Príncipe grid and to promote green growth.

Sao Tome and Principe generates 66,000 MWh of electricity as of 2016 (covering 108% of its annual consumption needs). Currently, the rate of access to electricity in São Tomé and Principe is 70% due to the ageing electricity infrastructure.

The ETISP funding will be used to renovate the Papagaio hydroelectric plant in Santo António. The facility has a capacity of 1 megawatt. The new programme will also allow the hybridisation of one of the main thermal power plants based in Santo Amaro, in the Lobata district of northeastern São Tomé Island, with the addition of a small solar power plant.

São Tomé and Príncipe continues to face significant challenges, requiring concerted efforts to implement decisive and difficult reforms, the International Monetary Fund said late last year.

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