Multinational company Mozal needs more electricity to expand in Mozambique

24 February 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Feb – Mozal, a multinational company specialised in aluminium production, needs a further 500 to 600 megawatts of electricity to be able to move ahead with its third phase of expansion, said the company’s chairman cited by the Mozambican press.

Mike Fraser said that the project to build Mozal III depends on the availability of electricity in the country, as with the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility operating at its full capacity, the required electricity can only be generated, in the medium and long term, in the central region of Mozambique, or more specifically in Tete province.

“One of the most important thins for Mozal is electricity. Our business can only grow with available electricity and construction of Mozal III needs more power. Before considering expansion of Mozal we need to secure access to electricity, therefore, at the moment, this is our biggest constraint,” Fraser said.

The chairman of Mozal, a company that is responsible for 70 percent of Mozambique’s exports, also said that he had been in touch with the Energy minister and state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), in order to gain access to more electricity to be able to expand Mozal based on a local source. (macauhub)