Mozambique: Government announces investment in power transmission line

24 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Sept – Mozambican state electricity company, EDM plans to invest US$2.2 billion in building a power transmission cable linking the Cahora Bssa dam, the Mepanda Nkua dam, the Moatize power station and the Temane gas project to the south of the country, stretching over 1,500 kilometres.

The power generated by the Cahora Bassa dam, the biggest source of electricity in Mozambique, currently travels directly to South Africa – by the far the facility’s biggest customer – through high voltage cables, and some of the power is later sent on to Maputo.

Mozambique’s Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, said that the line made it possible to distribute power to various parts of the centre of the country, reducing current dependence on South Africa.

Namburete also said that the government would launch a public tender after receiving the final version of the studies underway to identify the most sustainable options for the project.

The minister gave no date for the start of work, noting, however, that it was an immediate project and added that the transmission line was “very important,” for the energy project the government was drawing up, such as the Mphanda Nkua dam.

The Mphanda Nkua dam, which is downstream of Cahora Bassa in Tete province, will have the capacity to generate 1,500 megawatts of electricity and, according to projections, its construction if set to begin next year. It is estimated to cost US$1.6 billion.

Investment in building the transmission line will be partly state funded, through EDM, and partly privately funded by partners that have already been identified.

The Mozambican Energy Minister, who did not provide the names of the other partners, also said that other interested parties could still take part in the project. (macauhub)