Just 18 pct of Mozambican population has access to electricity

16 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Nov – The number of Mozambicans with access to the public electricity grid is just 3.8 million people or 18 percent of the total population, and mainly focused in the capital, Maputo, state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) said Tuesday.

In a statement, the state company said that across the country just 921,704 families had access to electricity, of which 236,000 lived in Maputo, which was the equivalent to 1.038 million people.

The number of families with access to the public electricity grid accounts for 90 percent of the population, the statement said.

In the same statement EdM said that over the last five years it had invested 2.4 billion meticals (US$90 million) on expanding and improving electricity facilities in the city of Maputo and that the number of residents with access to power had increased from 90,000 in 2005 to 236,000 this year. (macauhub)