Rural electricity supply remains a priority in Mozambique

27 January 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Jan – The Mozambican government plans to continue to prioritise providing electricity to rural areas over the next five-year period in order to supply electricity to all of the country’s 128 districts, said a government source cited by Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

As well as the 34 districts that have yet to be covered by the national grid, the government also plans to carry out the Tete/Maputo transmission line project and the Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric facility, expected to cost US$1.7 billion and US$2 billion, respectively.

“There is a strategic plan that was approved at the beginning of 2009 by the Council of Ministers. That is the basis. We also plan to boost rural electricity supply by reaching the districts that have yet to have access and move on to new areas depending on availability of resources. We also want to intensify the part of the Tete/Maputo transmission line and the electricity generation projects, particularly Mphanda Nkuwa,” the source said.

In the last few years Mozambique has seen significant progress in the expansion of the electricity grid, which has made it possible to double the level of access to energy consumption from 7 to 14 percent, which means that a further 34 district capitals were linked to the national grid, which benefitted over 390,000 new consumers.

As part of the first European Facility for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Mozambique has put forward nine projects, seven of which have been approved to a value of 24.5 million euros, including expansion of the electricity supply in the country.

In terms of generation projects, specifically Mphanda Nkuwa and coal-fired power stations, as well as the Tete/Maputo transmission line, the government source told the paper that the priority was domestic use of energy, and excess electricity would be exported.

The idea, the paper said, is to transmit electricity from the production centres in Tete to Maputo across Mozambique over 1,400 kilometres, making it possible for sub-stations to be set up along the way to provide electricity to various industrial, tourism and housing projects. (macauhub)