World Bank analyzes Mozambique’s project to sell power to Malawi

28 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 March – A mission from the World Bank is set to travel to Mozambique in April to discuss the stages of implementation of the project to supply electricity to Malawi, from the Matambo central sub-station in Tete province, officials said.

The project, which is valued at US$60 million includes the construction of a transmission line between Mozambique and Malawi, stretching over 200 kilometers, with 60 percent of the work carried out in Mozambique, and a double 220 kv line.

The director for Power Production and Transport of Mozambican power company EDM, Augusto de Sousa Fernando, said that if the project for the Moatize thermal power plant went into operation, the line would be used to supply power to Tete, instead of building a new one between Moatize and Matambo.

Speaking to newspaper Notícias Friday the director said that supplying electricity to Malawi was a project that was 100 percent owned, designed and implemented by EDM.

“It is true that there will be some coordination with the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility (HCB), which owns the Matambo substation. Operation of the line will be carried out b HCB, similarly to what occurs with the line to Zimbabwe.”

“In terms of investment of the US$60 million, around US$25 million will be on the Mozambican side,” said Sousa Fernando, noting that financing for the project was led by the World Bank, although other entities were also interested, such as ASDI, (Swedish Agency for International Development) and NORD (Norwegian Development Agency). (macauhub)

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