Mozambican government plans to build Central-North power transmission line

17 February 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Feb – The Mozambican government plans to build a new power transmission line linking the central and northern regions of the country, the national director for Energy, Pascoal Bacela told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

According to Bacela, the new line may link up Caia (in Sofala province) with Nampula and Nacala (Nampula province), and the other possibility is the Tete-Nampula-Nacala route. The project is currently at the pre-feasibility study stage.

The Central-North project, according to Bacela is also an alternative to another project that failed to move ahead and which was intended to link Mozambique and Malawi, which as well as providing electricity in Mozambique would have linked Malawi to the Southern Africa power grid.

The Mozambique-Malawi project involved the construction of a 135 kilometre-long transmission line and the expansion of a sub-station and 75 kilometres of transmission line and a new sub-station in Malawi.

“We are happy that as a country that we can count on our big hydroelectric potential and resources such as coal and hydrocarbons and natural gas, which also makes it possible for us to produce energy, as well as renewable energy. The provides the country with better conditions for the existence of an energy sector that can respond in a safe, effective and long-lasting way to the demands of economic and social development,” he said.

The Mozambican government recently launched the Cesul (Central-South) power transmission project, costing an estimated US$1.8 billion, which will be the “backbone” of the country’s High Voltage Power Transmission Grid. (macauhub)