Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Dec – One hundred and five district capitals are due to be linked to Mozambique’s national electricity grid by the end of 2009, as part of the country’s current rural electrification programme, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The paper added that all the district capitals in the provinces of Maputo and Tete would be linked up to the grid in 2009, which meant that just 23 district capitals would be left to be linked up.
A source from the Energy Ministry said that of the 23 district capitals that would not yet be linked up, three, namely Macossa, in Manica province, and Muanza and Maringue in Sofala province, already had funding secured, and it was expected that they would be linked to the grid by 2010 at the latest.
Meanwhile, the link up of the remaining 20 district capitals remained requires funding to be secured, although the Government has said it believes there are good prospects for securing that investment in time to implement the project in the 2010-2015 period.
Preliminary studies show that electricification of the 20 district capitals is likely to cost US$134.1 million.
As part of the rural electrification programme, funded by the Government and international cooperation partners, over the last three years 20 district capitals were linked to the national electricity grid. (macauhub)