Mozambique: Electricity company to invest US$200 million over next two years

5 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 May – Electricity company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) plans over the two years to invest US$200 million in rural electricity projects, a company source told macauhub.

EDM is developing a project for expansion of the electricity grid with a view to extending coverage to the country.

Mozambique, which has a population of around 20 million and one of the biggest hydroelectric dams in the world, is one of the African countries with least access to electricity, with less than 15 percent of the population covered by the electricity grid.

In the last two years, thanks to the work carried out by the company, which is funded by the government and several donors, it was possible to link up all the provincial capitals to the national grid.

Only very recently has the tourist city of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado province, stopped using electricity from diesel generators.

Despite the visible efforts made by EDM, just 68 district capitals out of a total 128 receive electricity from the national grid.

EDM plans to supply electricity to 108 district capitals and hás already secured funding to do so.

Supplying electricity to the remaining 20 districts is dependent on negotiations between the company and its partners, which are currently underway. (macauhub)