Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Sept – The main challenge facing the energy sector in Mozambique is the need to make large investments to improve the quality of electricity supplied to consumers, Energy Minister salvador Namburete said in Maputo.
During the Annual Joint Consultation Meeting between the government and its partners, Namburete said that investment needs for improving the quality of energy totalled 32.4 billion meticals (US$886 million), an amount which it was not possible for electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) to find.
In the 2005-2009 period investments totalled 18 billion meticals (US$492 million) in work to expand access to electricity, namely construction of new lines and assembling power infrastructures.
Also as part of the efforts to increase access to energy, the minister said that preparation of both large-scale generation projects – the Mphanda Nkuwa dam and power plant and coal-fired plants at Benga and Moatize – and small-scale projects – refurbishment of the Chicamba, Mavuzi and Corrumana plants, were continuing.
“The project for the Tete-Maputo transmission line, the backbone of the national electricity grid, is a great challenge for the government given its role and nature as a public facility,” said Namburete, noting that EdM was expected to take a majority stake in the infrastructure. (macauhub)