Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Nov – Mozambique’s President Thursday in Maputo launched the first phase of the project to build the North-South power transmission line that has funding from Norway, France and the European Investment Bank.
The project, which is expected to cost US$1.8 billion, is considered to be the backbone for power transmission in the country and the region and is expected to be led by state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique, the company which will in all likelihood by the majority shareholder.
The project includes construction of two transmission lines, starting at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam.
Five sub-stations are planned along the route of the transmission line (1,300 kilometres) in Cataxa, Inchope, Vilanculos, Chibuto and Moamba, with the aim of providing power to investment projects and the communities in those areas.
According to the schedule, agreements for using the system will be signed in the last quarter of 2012, whilst the financial deals will be closed in 2013, a year after the beginning of the work due to end in 2017.
If necessary the project will move on to its second phase, which will double its installed capacity and cost another US$1 billion.
The line will be part of the power production, transmission and distribution grid between the centre and south of the country and will bring an end to dependence on power form South Africa, from where the energy produced at Cahora Bassa is sent and later returned to be used in Mozambique. (macauhub)