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ProMarks and Trafigura sign MOU with the Angolan government

Published on4 Jul 2024

Luanda, 4 July 2024 – ProMarks, an international engineering company specialized in the energy sector and Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry, have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Angola to conduct a technical and economic viability study and to develop a Public Private Partnership model for a major regional power transmission and supply project.

  

The signing ceremony was held in Luanda in the presence of government representatives from Angola, alongside other diplomatic guests and representatives from the private sector. The MOU was witnessed by His Excellency João Batista Borges, Minister of Energy and Water for Angola and signed by Rui Gourgel and Mauro Martins, Chairman and Board Member, respectively, of Rede Nacional de Transportes (RNT), Elísio Augusto, Executive Director for ProMarks and Julien Rolland, Head of Strategic Project and Investments for Trafigura and Board Member of the Lobito Atlantic Railway.

 

The project under consideration is to build and operate a 2,000 MW high-voltage electricity “interconnector” (a HVDC transmission line) to take surplus green electricity produced by hydro-electric dams located in the north of Angola to the DRC Copperbelt and Zambia, integrating with the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).

 

The renewable electricity would be purchased from Angola’s National Electricity Transmission Network, with the energy sold to customers such as global mining companies in the Copperbelt and throughout countries in the SADC.

 

The Minister of Energy and Water for Angola emphasized the importance of this project for the regional integration of Southern Africa and for the economic and social development of the countries involved. “Angola, fortunately, has a surplus of energy that it can make available to SADC countries, namely Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The private promoters of the project will ensure its materialisation and enable this interconnection, so that together we can contribute unequivocally to the creation of wealth and growth of our economies, through the commercialization of clean energy. Furthermore, in this way we will be providing a cheaper and non-polluting source of energy, reducing emissions into the atmosphere and defending the sustainability of the planet,” said João Baptista Borges.

 

The joint venture that will be formed between ProMarks and Trafigura would develop, finance, construct and operate the electricity “interconnector”. The project is intended to be financed through a combination of equity capital and third-party debt. Planning, approvals and construction would take around four years after the final investment decision is made.

 

“Angola is using the full potential of its hydro and solar resources to produce energy in a clean and sustainable way. The interconnector project between the electricity grids of Angola and neighbouring countries could, along with the Caculo Cabaça Hydro dam, be the most important project for the electricity sector, attracting substantial new revenues for Angola and facilitating a return on the investment that has been made by the government in energy production,” said Elísio Augusto, Executive Director for ProMarks.

 

Trafigura is interested in investing in and co-developing the project which would be run as a public-private partnership on a long-term basis. As part of the consortium for the Lobito Atlantic Railway that is already helping to bring vital goods and resources into the region and supporting business development and commercial activity along the route, the company is well placed to work with its existing customer base to conclude long term energy supply agreements.

 

“We see that the demand for power is significantly increasing across the Copperbelt region where mining activities are growing and are being supported by the logistics provided by the Lobito Atlantic Railway,” said Julien Rolland, Head of Strategic Project and Investments for Trafigura and board member of the Lobito Atlantic Railway.

 

The three parties now intend to complete viability studies as set out in the MOU to define the steps for developing the project.

 

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:
Trafigura Press Office: +41 (0) 22 592 4528 or media@trafigura.com 

For Angola media, contact Hamilton Viage at Tel: +244 927 899 068 or hviage@jlma.co.ao

ProMarks Press Office: +244 956 167 595 or media@promarks-energy.com 

 

About ProMarks
ProMarks is an engineering company specialized in energy, distribution networks, high voltage lines and substations. With an experienced team and over 300 employees, we offer comprehensive services in electrical engineering, EPC construction, procurement and project management.

 

We are proud to be a 100 percent Angolan company, focused on the satisfaction of our customers. Our team has over 30 years of experience in T&D power systems. Present in Ireland, Portugal, Angola and Arab Emirates, we are committed to providing customized solutions for large projects.

 

Visit: promarks-energy.com

 

About Trafigura
Trafigura is a leading commodities group, owned by its employees and founded over 30 years ago. At the heart of global supply, Trafigura connects vital resources to power and build the world. We deploy infrastructure, market expertise and our worldwide logistics network to move oil and petroleum products, metals and minerals, gas and power from where they are produced to where they are needed, forming strong relationships that make supply chains more efficient, secure and sustainable. We invest in renewable energy projects and technologies to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, including through H2Energy Europe and joint venture Nala Renewables.

 

The Trafigura Group also comprises industrial assets and operating businesses including multi-metals producer Nyrstar, fuel storage and distribution company Puma Energy, and our Impala Terminals joint venture. The Group employs over 12,000 people, of which over 1,400 are shareholders and is active in 156 countries.

 

Visit: www.trafigura.com