Electrification of north of Mozambique’s Niassa province costs US$55 million

16 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 May – The electrification of the northern region of Mozambique’s Niassa province is expected to cost US$55 million and will make it possible to complete two projects being carried out in the rest of the province, said the director for Electrification and Projects of electricity company EdM.

Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Luís Amado said that the study for electrification of that region of Niassa had been concluded in December of last year and showed that US$54.5 million was needed to extend the Cuamba sub-station, building another 16 MVA, 110/33 kV sub-station in Marrupa and construction of 215 kilometres of 110 kV transmission line from Cuamba to Marrupa.

The funding includes construction of 500 kilometres of 33 kV distribution cable with a view to providing electricity to Nipepe, Marrupa (extension), Nungo, Balama, Namuno, Lugenda, Mecula and Cuamba, including small towns along its route.

The study funded by the Arab Bank for the Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) with US$400,000, aimed to extend the national power grid to Balama and Namuno (in Cabo Delgado province) and Nipepe (in Niassa), by supplying, installing, testing and delivering 250 kilometres of high voltage transmission cables and 475 kilometres of medium voltage cables. (macauhub)