Mozambique and Brazil to sign memorandum of understanding on energy sector

15 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 June – The Mozambican Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, left Maputo Monday for Brazil where he will sign a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in the Energy sector, the Energy Ministry said in Maputo Monday.

According to a statement, the signing of the memorandum is the result of understandings reached in June, 2009 during President Armando Guebuza’s visit to Brazil.

At the time, the two governments launched joint activities with a view to driving energy projects in Mozambique, notably raising subsidised funds for the Tete/Maputo transmission line project, more commonly known as “backbone”.

The Tete/Maputo “backbone” is expected to cost US$1.4 billion and is one of the big focuses of Armando Guebuza’s government for the 2010/2014 period.

At the same time the two governments agreed to work together on various activities, with a view to the materialisation of the Mpanda Nkua hydroelectric project by, amongst other things, promoting investments in projects that require intensive electricity use.

The Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete is accompanied on his visit to Brazil by the chairman of Mozambican electricity company, EdM, Manuel Cuambe, as well as other representatives of the Energy Ministry and EdM. (macauhub)