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Date: 01/03/2016
Sal power station to be modernised.

The Cape Verde government has approved taking on a loan of 26 million euros from the French Development Agency to finance the modernisation works of the power plant in Palmeira, on Sal Island.(according to reports)

The loan provided by the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) will be paid back over a period of 15 years, after a five-year grace period, in 30 consecutive half-yearly installments.

The works in question are intended to increase power production capacity and improve integration of renewable energy into the island’s system.

The project’s tender document outlines, for example, that the current thermal power plant cannot meet demand because of the growth in tourism and need for modernisation as well as the fact that the high proportion of renewable energy – 35 percent of the total in 2013 – can cause stability problems in the grid.

According to the report, the works include the purchase and installation of three 3.5 megawatt generators, modernisation of some facilities such as the waste oil incinerator, the fire prevention system and fuel park . (macauhub/CV A semana)