Maputo, Mozambique, 26 April – The Mozambican government is negotiating with partners that provide aid to the country to get a further US$124 million to continue with its rural electrification project, said the director for Studies and Planning of the Energy Ministry.
Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Nazário Meguigy said that of the 39 district capitals that have yet to receive electricity, the government had already secured funding for 28, with 11 remaining without financial coverage.
According to the government’s plans, the funding now being negotiated will cover the districts of Balama and Namuno, in Cabo Delgado province, Majune, Mavago, Muembe, Ngauma and Mecula, in Niassa province, Machaze in Manica province and the towns of Eduardo Mondlane, Pafuri, Mapai and Massangena, in Gaza province.
Overall, every year the government invests around US$100 million in its rural electrification project. For this year five new district capitals have been earmarked for electrification, whilst a further 18 district capitals will receive electricity in 2011. The programme also outlines coverage of a further four districts in 2012 and one district in 2013.
The government’s strategy for the energy sector, approved in mid 2009, outlines that around 90,000 new consumers will be linked to the electricity grid each year by 2013.
This will mean that some 3.5 million Mozambicans will have access to electricity, with overall coverage at over 17 percent of the population.
In 2014, the year in which all 128 district capitals will be linked to the national grid, the rate of coverage is expected to be 23 percent of the population.
So far, as a result of the investments made, the overall rate of access to electricity, has risen from 7 percent in 2005 to around 14 percent in just four years, which accounts for 340,000 new consumers. (macauhub)