Private operators may explore renewable energy in Mozambique

18 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 May – Private operators can explore a variety of renewable energy sources in Mozambique, the country’s Energy Minister said in Maputo at the end of a Council of Ministers meeting to approve the strategy for development of new and renewable energies.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Salvador Namburete said that as well as biofuel, the exploration of which is already carried out by private companies in provinces such as Maputo, Manica, Niassa, Inhambane and Cabo Delgado, they may also invest in other energies such as thermal, wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and wave power.

Noting that the approved strategy set out clear rules and embodied the policy approved in 2009, the minister said that future investments could be channelled into two areas, one of which would respond to local demand for energy and the second would be energy production for distribution through the national electricity grid.

“This is a strategy that will be re-assessed every five years in order to tailor it to technological advances made and targets set out at each stage,” said Namburete.

According to Namburete just over 2.1 million people consume solar electricity in Mozambique, but all efforts have thus far been made by the State, via the Energy Fund (Funae). (macauhub)