Mozambique: Mozambican energy projects cost US$9 billion

17 March 2009

Beira, Mozambique, 17 Mar – Public and private investment in the area of energy sector projects will consume between US$8 billion and US$9 billion over the next five years in Mozambiqe, said Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete in Beira.

According to Maputo newspaper, Notícias, Namburete said that among the projects underway in his area, the hydro-electric and thermo-electric projects are particularly significant, namely in Mpanda Nkwa and the coal-powered station at Moatize, natural gas in Maomba, as well as the Tete/Maputo energy transmission line.

As regards fuel storage on a national level, the ports of Maputo, Beira and Nacala, will benefit from the recuperation of their respective infrastructures, affording Mozambique a total storage capacity for petroleum products of approximately 500,000 cubic metres.

As regards fuel transport, the Minister referred to the construction of the Maputo/Witbank oil pipeline with an extension of 450 kilometres to the South African interior, with a view to improving operations in this area on national and regional levels.

Last week in Beira a construction project began for seven fuel tanks, each with a storage capacity of 11,000 cubic metres.

In the area of energy transport, the Mozambique/Malawi connection is in operation between the stations of Matambo and Bombeya, and should extend as far as Nacala with a view to covering the north of the country.

Also in the transmission of electrical energy, the Tete/Maputo connection project is underway which includes the construction of substations in Chibata, Vilanko, Chibuto and Marracuene. (macauhub)