Mozambican government plans electricity for 22 districts by 2014

3 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Feb – The Mozambican government plans to bring electricity to 22 districts by 2014, for which it already counts US$300 million of internal and external financing, the Minister of Energy has stated in Maputo.

“Our idea is to electrify the 34 remaining districts, 22 of which already have financing allocated by the central government, Norway and the African Development and Islamic banks for an amount of US$300 million,” said Salvador Namburete.

He specified that there is still no financing for 12 districts and that “our intention is to continue mobilizing resources for those districts.”

The Maputo-based newspaper Noticias reported that the districts still without electrification financing are Chigubo, Chicualacuala and Massangena (Gaza province), Machaze (Manica), Balama and Namuno (Cabo Delgado), and six unspecified districts in Niassa.

Three of the 22 districts with financing are in Inhambane province, one in Manica, two in Sofala, two in Zambezia, two in Nampula, nine in Cabo Delgado and three in Niassa.

Namburete said preparations were already under way in some of the 22 districts, such as land surveys or ground clearing on power transmission line routes. Plans call for work in all of them to begin this year. (macauhub)