Mozambique: Energy from national grid reaches 16 districts in 2008, benefiting 100,000 families

29 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 Dec – By the end of the current year 16 Mozambican districts will have been linked up to the national grid of electricity company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) at a total cost of US$61 million, a project that will benefit 100,000 families, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported Monday.

So far, 14 districts have been linked up, namely Marromeu, Morrumbene, Massinga, Guro, Mecúfi, Cheringoma, Moma, Montepuez, Massingir, Tsangano, Mágoè, Chiuta, Chiure and Gilé.

The project to provide electricity to Gilé was funded by the Indian government at a total cost of US$10.5 million and included construction of 76 kilometres of 110KV transmission cable, extending the Molócuè substation, and building a 110/33KV, 10MVA substation at Uapé.

Providing electricity to Gilé makes it possible to link up the Açucareira de Marromeu sugar factory and the marble industry at Montepuez to the power grid. The project also includes a power link up to the mines at Morrua and Marropino, in the same district.

Over the next few days the districts of, Muecate, in Nampula province and Chifunde, in Tete province, are due to be linked to the grid.

In total, 78 district capitals now benefit from power from the EDM grid, out of a total 128. (macauhub)