French government interested in funding energy project in Central-South Mozambique

15 March 2012

The outgoing French ambassador to Mozambique re-stated Thursday in Maputo the interest of the French government in financing construction of the power transmission line linking the central province of Tete to the Mozambican capital, a project known as Centro-Sul (Cesul).

The Cesul project is expected to cost US$2 billion and its construction is due to begin in 2013 and, as well as from France, it is expected to receive funding from Norway, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, The European Investment Bank as well as from Portuguese power grid group Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) and Brazil’s Eletrobras.

At the end of an audience with the Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, Ambassador Christian Daziano said that France was interested in taking part in this project, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

Also in the Energy sector, the French ambassador stated his country’s intention of “taking part in a significant way,” in the construction project for the Mpanda Nkua dam, the second dam to be built along the Zambezi River, in the central province of Tete.

The dam, which is estimated to cost US$2.9 billion and will be built 60 kilometres downstream of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam, will be linked to the Matambo substation where it will join the transmission line to South Africa. (macauhub)