8 July 2003

Angola: Cabinet Standing Commission Approves Benguela Water Project

Luanda — Angola's Cabinet Council Standing Commission today in Luanda approved the Benguela's Integrated Water Supply Project designed to cater for the cities of Benguela, Lobito, Baia Farat and Catumbela.

The minister of energy and water, Botelho de Vasconcelos, told journalists he submitted to the Standing Commission the bill in terms of water production, intervention on the netwworks of distribution, organisation and term for execution of the project.

"Now we need to set the subsequent steps that are the preparation of the contracts, discussion with potential contractors and then have the project on the move in line with its conception", he said.

Botelho Vasconcelos explained that he provided to the Standing Commission an information on the evolution of the Capanda hydro-electric project.

According to him, "it is a project that concerns all the society in terms of expectations and at the moment all parties involved are required to be fully engaged so the project reaches the success expected and initially predicted".

On the supply of water and power to Luanda, the minister explained that the capital city's distribution networks are in need of a deep intervention.

He further stated that some investments have been approved by the Government and appealed for the comprehension of the population as, he added, the Government is working towards improvements.

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