Mozambican government plans to build new power transmission line

3 September 2012

A new high voltage power transmission line may be built between Chumuara, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, and the city of Nacala, in Nampula province, in order to boost the power supply to the Special Economic Zone (ZEE), the Energy Minister said.

Minister Salvador Namburete explained that the project was intended to make up for a lack of power supply in the ZEE, which resulted from a number of new industrial projects starting their operations, according to daily newspaper Notícias.

Without mentioning figures or a date for the construction work to begin, the minister noted the need also to build two hydroelectric dams on the Lúrio and Malema rivers to boost the power supply to the region.

He also noted a significant increase in the use of electricity in urban and suburban areas, as well as exports to neighbouring countries, thus contributing to reduce the effects of the energy crisis in the region of which Mozambique is part. (macauhub)