Mozambique: Power company EDM selects consultant for electrification project costing estimated US$55.5 million

27 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 May – Mozambican electricity company, EDM has begun the process of selecting the consultant that will draw up the tender and supervision documents for the construction of 167 kilometres of 220 KV high voltage cable, stretching between Chibata, in Manica province, and Dondo, in Sofala province.

Mozambican newspaper Notícias, cited Vaz Goba Calenço, director of the Beira Operational Area of EDM, as saying that the contract proposal for the consultancy had already been approved by the funding body, and the same process was no underway with the government of Mozambique.

The project is funded by then African Development Bank (ADB), the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund and by EDM itself, and is expected to cost US$55.5 million and be finished in 2010.

Calenço also said that, as well as construction of the line, the project included refurbishment of four sub-stations, construction of 500 kilometres of 33 KV lines, installing 10,000 electricity metres and linking up 200 consumers.

This network will cover the districts of Muanza, Marínguè, Chemba and Dondo and the administrative post of Chupanga, in the district of Marromeu, all located in the central province of Sofala.

Also as part of rural electrification, oarticulalry in Sofala province, the director of EDM for Beira said that in the next half of the year it was likely that refurbishment and transformation to 33 KV of 42 kilomtres of 22 KV cable, in the district of Buzi would begin, and would cover the Companhia do Búzi sugar factory. (macauhub)