Electrification of Mozambique estimated to cost 46 billion meticals

24 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 March – Mozambican state electricity company, EDM estimates the cost of investments to improve the quality of electricity in Mozambique to be over 46 billion meticals (US$1.4 billion).

According to the chairman of EDM, Manuel Cuambe, of that amount 29 percent would be used to implement projects at power plants, 46 percent for energy transmission equipment and 25 percent for the distribution network.

Cuambe, cited by Notícias, said that, “the main challenge of this company is mobilising the resources needed to fund it.”

“Despite the economic and financial conditions that characterized 2010, a further seven district capitals were linked to the national grid, including Zumbo, in Tete province, which meant that all district capitals in that province were linked to the grid,” he said.

Other district capitals linked to the grid include Sanga, Mecanhelas, Maúa, Metarica and Marrupa, in Niassa province, and Mocímboa da Praia, in Cabo Delgado, increasing the number of district capitals linked to the national grid to 94, from 87 in 2009.

Cuambe also said that, “on 9 March the historical town of Mueda was linked to the national grid and on 10 March so was the district capital of Mocímboa da Praia. In 2011 we also hope to link up the district capitals of Quissanga, Macomia, Meluco, Nagade, Muedumbe and Ibo.”

Cuambe also noted that as part of moves to improve the quality of electricity supply, EDM had concluded refurbishment work on the electricity systems of the cities of Maputo, Inhambane, Maxixe and Beira. (macauhub)