Mozambique to have online pay-as-you-go electricity system

4 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 March – Mozambique is setting up a system for pay-as-you-go sale of electricity and the contract was signed Thursday in Maputo by state company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) and South Africa’s Itron, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

Known as “Credelec online”, the project is expected to cost 145.8 million meticals (US$4.3 million), which will be borne by EdM. The project is due to start being implemented this month.

Once the system is up and running, which is expected to happen as of the second half of 2012, EdM’s customers will be able to purchase electricity via their banking services, by SMS, on the Internet, at retail stores as well as at EdM agencies and at fuel service stations.

Itron was selected in an international tender launched in August 2009, in which 26 companies took part, and has developed a similar system in South Africa, which has 4 million customers.

The pay-as-you-go electricity services, known as Credelec, was introduced in Mozambique in 1995, in a pilot phase covering 500 customers in Matola, and currently covers over 670,000 in 15 cities. (macauhub)