Mozambique: Norway funds energy sector

20 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 June – Norway plans to donate US$4.2 million to MOzambique to contract specialists for state electricity and oil and gas companies Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), Mozambican news agency AIM reported Thursday.

ENH will receive US$1.7 million to be used by 2010 and EDM will have the right to the remaining US$2.5 million to be used in the 2008/2009 period.

Also according to AIM, part of the donation will be used to improve the two companies’ environmental programmes.

A statement issued Thursday in Maputo by the Norwegian embassy said that with the donation the two companies could hire technical staff for several mega energy projects underway in Mozambique.

These projects include construction of Mpanda Ncua dam, downstream of the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambeze river, a gas-fired plant at Temane, in Inhambane province, and mining of coal in Moatize, which also includes a coal-fired power plant. (macauhub)