Mozambican government studies power transmission between Tete and Maputo

10 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Aug – Mozambique has invested US$2.5 million in carrying out feasibility studies with a view to installing a power transmission cable between Tete and Maputo, the country’s Energy minister said Monday.

Salvador Namburete, cited Tuesday by newspaper Notícias, said that “the implementation of this initiative will not only be crucial for making energy production projects feasible, but also give a boost to the implementation of new energy projects throughout the country.”

Namburete also noted funding from the Kingdom of Norway and the World bank, which has financed the project and the participation of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the project and the support of the French Development Agency.

The Energy Minister also said that the transmission cable would be the backbone of the programme to expand the national grid along with planned power generation projects, specifically the Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric facility, the Cahora Bassa dam and the Moatize coal-fired plant, amongst others.”

Also in the electricity sector, Namburete said that there was continued interest and active involvement from private, national and foreign investors, which had led to several feasibility studies being carried out on an increasing number of locations identified as having potential to house power production projects on various scales.

Namburete also said that by 2014 all of Mozambique’s districts would be linked to the national grid and noted that by the end of this year the districts of Sanga, Mecanhelas, Metarica, Maúa and Marrupa, in Niassa province would be linked to the national grid.(macauhub)