Mozambique: South Africa’s Eskom invests in wind power

8 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 May – South African electricity company Eskom is due within the next few days to finish construction of a wind power system using turbines in Mozambique’s Inhambane province, the first of its kind in the East African country, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper added that the turbines had a capacity to produce 300 kilowatts of power and cited Óscar Conforme, head of the Power department of the provincial Directorate for Energy in Inhambane, as saying that teh power produced at the facility would significantly exceed consumption in the region, and threfore the system would be linked to the national power grid.

Conforme also said that a branch cable would be built to increase lighting at the beaches of Tofo and Tofinho, in order to benefit customers on the outskirts of those tourist areas of the city of Inhambane.

Notícias reported that Eskom was investing around US$1.5 million in the project. (macauhub)