Norway grants US$80 million to Mozambique to fund energy sector

14 September 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Sept – Norway has granted Mozambique US$80 million to fund the development of infrastructures for production and distribution of electricity in the country, particularly in the southern region, newspaper Notícias reported in Maputo.

The funding, which will be managed by the World Bank, will be applied to the construction of a transmission lined between Tete and Maputo, in order to ensure that the electricity produced at projects such as Mpanda Nkuwa, Cahora Bassa Norte and the Benga Thermal Power Plant is distributed.

The memoranda of understanding were signed in Maputo by the Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, by the ambassador for the Kingdom of Norway, Tove Bruvik Westberg and by the World Bank representative, Luiz Cláudio Tavares.

Namburete said that as well as the Tete-Maputo (CESUL) line the funding would be used to develop other electricity transmission lines to neighbouring countries in order to reduce the energy deficit affecting countries in the Southern Africa region. (macauhub)