Brazil’s Eletrobras to carry out study for high voltage line in Mozambique

18 June 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June – Brazil’s Eletrobras is to carry out the study for construction of a 1,400-kilometre high voltage transmission line in Mozambique linking Tete province to Maputo, under the terms of an agreement signed Tuesday in the headquarters of the state electricity company in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the Brazilian press, the study should be concluded by the first quarter of 2011 and will precede construction of two direct current 800 kilovolt lines and third alternating current at 400 kilovolts as well as the possibility of the electricity produced in Mozambique being exported to South Africa.

The study, which will be carried out under the terms of the cooperation agreement signed during a visit to Brazil by Mozambican energy minister, Salvador Namburete, will also O analyse the measures needed to prepare the power transmission facility in central Mozambique for future hydroelectric facilities in the country, particularly in the Zambezi roevr valley.

The total cost of the Centre-South line, also known in Mozambique as the “backbone” project, is estimated at US$1.4 billion although the Brazilian press reported a figure of US$2.8 billion, which would include construction of the Mpanda Nkua dam, downstream of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam. (macauhub)