Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obiang Reveals Plans For Nationwide Electrification

National Energy Conference Highlights Progress Toward Horizon 2020 Goals

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo unveiled plans for nationwide electrification at a National Electrification conference held in this mainland city. In his address to the conference, President Obiang predicted that with wise use of the country’s natural resources, Equatorial Guinea would enjoy full electrification and energy self-sufficiency.

President Obiang cited the conference as an example of the importance of transparency in the country’s development and of keeping the citizenry informed of development projects because they are “the true beneficiary of all these projects.” He encouraged officials at the conference to seek, above all “solutions to satisfy the population,” but he also stressed the need for energy conservation and encouraged his fellow citizens to be responsible consumers of energy. “It is important that citizens take responsibility for the country to be transformed as we all desire,” he said. “We need to sensitize the population to assume their obligations, because if we want development, we must match the means to do so.”

The conference, titled “Light for All,” was organized by the Ministry of Mining, Industry and Energy to provide information about the electrification projects that are being carried out throughout the country. Nationwide electrification is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program.

“The Government, just in the last five years, has invested [substantially] in the construction of infrastructures and provisions of basic equipment” within the electrification plan,” said Delegate Minister for Mining Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima. “Today, we have a production infrastructure composed of the Djibloho plant, the expanded Turbo Gas plant, backup batteries on the island and the mainland, the remodeled plant of San Joaquin, and the mini-plants of Riaba-Musola, among others. An important fact to note is that we have opted for generating clean, renewable energy.”