Mozambique begins studies for power transmission between Tete and Maputo

13 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 April – Mozambican electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has launched environmental and social impact studies for the project to build the power transmission line from the production centre in Tete to Maputo.

EDM considers the line to be the backbone of Mozambique’s electrification process and that it is absolutely necessary to transport power produced in several areas of the Zambezi Valley, notably the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam, Mpanda Nkuwa and the Benga thermoelectric power plant.

Construction of the Tete/Maputo line, which will be 1,400 kilometres long and whose project is known as CESUL, is expected to cost around US$1.7 billion and will be funded by EDM in partnership with Portuguese national grid company Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN), according to a report Wednesday in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The chairmen of the Boards of Directors of EdM and REN, Manuel Cuambe and Rui Cartaxo, respectively, last year signed a protocol of intention to sign a partnership agreement to move ahead with potential power production projects outlined in CESUL.

As part of the initial consultation work meetings will be held in Matambo, in Tete province, Gorongosa and Muchungue, in Sofala, Sussundenga, in Manica, Massinga, in Inhambane, Chibuto, in Gaza, Boane, in Maputo, and in the Mozambican capital. (macauhub)