Neves, São Tomé and Príncipe

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The area of the town of Neves
The area of the town of Neves
Neves is located in São Tomé
Location on São Tomé Island
Coordinates: 0°21′33″N 6°33′06″E / 0.35917°N 6.55167°E / 0.35917; 6.55167Coordinates: 0°21′33″N 6°33′06″E / 0.35917°N 6.55167°E / 0.35917; 6.55167
Country  São Tomé and Príncipe
Province São Tomé
District Lembá
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,107
Time zone UTC (UTC+0)

Neves is a small town on the north west coast of São Tomé Island in São Tomé and Príncipe. It is the seat of the Lembá District. Its population is 4,107 (2008 est.).[1] It is the site of a deep-water port that was jointly constructed with Nigeria. Neves is home to some of the few industrial facilities on the island, such as a brewery[2] and a restaurant.[3]

Neves is the site of a power plant fueled by natural gas and solar energy. The plant was built by a consortium from Angola in 2014. It is capable of producing 30 megawatts of gas power and an additional 5 megawatts of solar power.[4]

As part of a Joint Development Zone between the two countries, São Tomé and Príncipe and Nigeria agreed in 2012 to construct a fuel port in Neves. The 400 metres (1,300 ft) jetty extending off the coast is able to accommodate two Panamax-sized vessels simultaneously, which could be tied up at a depth of 20 metres (66 ft). The port was jointly organized by the two countries as part of the agreement. Funding was provided by the Nigerian government and by the Joint Development Authority Investment. Nigeria also provided the processing contract to construct the port. In return, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe provided the land used in construction and granted a tax holiday to the project's investors.[5]

Population History[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
(June 23, Census)
5,919 —    
(June 16, Census)
6,635 +12.1%
(January 1, Estimate)
7,392 +11.4%


Neves is also the home to football club FC Neves, which plays in the São Tomé and Príncipe Championship, the top division of football in the country.[6]

International relations[edit]

The Portuguese city of Porto has been a sister city of Neves since 1987.[7]

Named after[edit]

A Crater on Mars is named after the town, the name was officially approved by the IAU in 2013. It may be the first named after a place from the country on Mars that is other than the main cities of the two islands. It is located in northwestern Aeolis quadrangle in the middle of Aeolis Dorsa (Aeolis or Aeolidian Ridge) and is close to Aeolis Serpens and is west of Zephyria Planum (Zephyria or Zephyrian Plain).


  1. ^ INE, Evolução da população São-Tomense por localidades, 2001/2007-08
  2. ^ Cervejeira Rosema Beer Advocate
  3. ^ Petisqueira Santola Visit Sao Tome
  4. ^ Angolan consortium builds power plant in Sao Tome and Principe MacauHub
  5. ^ São Tomé and Príncipe US State Department
  6. ^ FC Neves SoccerWay
  7. ^ "Geminações de Cidades e Vilas" (in Portuguese). Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses. Retrieved 2015-02-13.