Mozambican power company EdM has additional electricity it can sell to South Africa

4 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 June – Mozambican electricity company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) has electricity that can be exported to South Africa should its South African counterpart Eskom need it during the Soccer World Cup, one of the company’s directors said Thursday in Maputo.

Augusto de Sousa Fernando, director for Production, Transmission and Market Operator at EdM, said that the company had around 50 megawatts generated at its Maputo power plant which is only used in case of an emergency, and could be provided to Eskom should the need arise.

However, so far the South African distributer has not requested any additional power, although it had asked its regional counterparts, such as EdM and Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) to maintain technical conditions to ensure supply when and if it is needed.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Fernando was speaking at a seminar on planning of the EdM-Motraco-SEC-Eskom interlinked grid, which closed Thursday.

The two-day meeting aimed to discuss technical issues with a view to maximising the impact of investment by each of the three companies, whose grids are linked by the Mozambique Transmission Company (Motraco), in the immediate, medium and long term. (macauhub)