Mozambique: All 128 district capitals to have electricity by 2015

29 July 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 July – The 128 district capitals in Mozambique are expected to be provided with national grid electricity by 2015, the Mozambican minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia said after a visit to power company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).

Cuereneia gave no indication of the amount fo funding required for this project, but currently on 70 district capitals have electricity.

The minsiter said that the expansion programme of the electricity grid was affected by some constraints due to equipment being stolen, particularly angle irons and electrical cables in different parts of the country, which means that funds earmarked for setting up new transmission lines are redirected to replacing the stolen materials.

Supplying electricity to all areas of the country essentially depends on funding and availability of electricity supplied to EDM by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB).

The main financiers of the Mozambique electrification process are, amongst others, the African Development Bank, EDM itself, Nordic countries and German development bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW).

HCB recently signed an agreement with EDM to increase its power supply. (macauhub)