Mozambique’s electricity company EdM loses US$13 million through power and equipment theft in first half

28 July 2011

Matola, Mozambique, 28 July – Illegal link ups and destruction of electricity grid equipment led to Mozambican state electricity company, EdM losing 398.7 million meticals (more than US$13 million), in the first half of 2011, the company’s chairman said in Matola.

Manuel Cuambe told Mozambican news agency AIM that of that amount 380 million meticals were because of illegal links to the grid and 18.7 million meticals were associated to damage to and destruction of facilities.

Cuambe said that EdM would focus, over the second half of the year, on reducing non-technical losses of electricity on the power distribution grid.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting for the Business and Support Centres to present accounts to the board of directors Cuambe said an agreement had been reached with the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) for attribution of an additional 100 megawatts of electricity for the country’s electrification projects totalling a current reserve of 500 megawatts.

“Overall over 800 kilometres of medium voltage lines were built and new transformation posts were installed to boost and expand EdM’s distribution system,” he said. (macauhub)