Construction of power transmission line from Tete to Maputo in Mozambique due to begin by August

9 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 June – The project to build the power transmission line from Tete to Maputo in Mozambique is due to be launched after conclusion, this month, of the feasibility study of the so-called energy backbone of Mozambique, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper cited figures made public during the 6th Annual Consultation Meeting between the Government and cooperation Partners from the energy sector as saying that the partners had re-stated their interest in supporting the efforts and priorities of the Government in terms of expanding access to electricity.

“The study will be delivered by the end of this month and, between July and August, we hope to launch the project asking for statements of interest from whoever would like to take part, establish the final format and then moving on to the development phase,” said Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete.

The first phase of this project, which is vital for the development of the energy potential of the Mphanda Nkuwa, Cahora Bassa Norte projects and thermal plants at Moatize and Benga, is estimated to cost between US$1.7 billion and US$2 billion.

The project will consist of construction of a corridor for transmission and transformation of energy, particularly from electricity production stations, such as Cahora Bassa, the future Mphanda Nkuwa and Cahora Bassa Norte, and is designed to transport around 3,000 megawatts.

Mozambique is currently in a situation in which the lines that transport electricity from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility, located at Songo in Tete province, to South Africa and to Pindura, in Zimbabwe, are at full capacity and additional power that is being produced will have to be transported along the Tete-Maputo line.

“After we close the deal on the financial package we will establish the timetable for the project, which should be concluded in three and a half years. There are pledges of funding from the World Bank, from Norway, France, the European Development Bank, African Development Bank, Brazil’s Electrobrás and Portugal’s Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN),” said the Energy Minister. (macauhub)