More than 40 districts of Mozambique linked to national electricity grid in last 5 years

14 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Sept – More than 40 districts in Mozambique over the last five years have been linked to the national electricity gird thus providing over 4 million people with access to electricity, a source form the Mozambican Energy Ministry said in Maputo.

Figures published recently by the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed that in 2004 only seven out of every 100 people had access to electricity, as compared to the current average of 15.

At the moment, 89 district capitals are linked to the national grid, and a further five projects are underway in five districts of Niassa province (Mecanhelas, Maua, Sanga, Marrupa and Metarica), which will take the total number of districts with national grid electricity to 94 by the end of this year.

Similar projects are being developed in other provinces of Mozambique.

Power generation from the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Facility (HCB)is this year expected to grow by 13.9 percent, with estimates of the value of power exports for 2010 of slightly more than US$320 million, or 14 percent more than in 2009. (macauhub)