Electrification of district capitals in Mozambique expected to be concluded by 2014

26 November 2012

The capitals of Mozambique’s 128 districts are expected to be linked to the national power grid by 2014, said Energy Minister Salvador Namburete, who noted that just 19 capitals needed to be linked up for the process to be concluded.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the minister said that over 6 million Mozambicans had access to the electricity produced by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility, whilst a further 3 million used power produced by solar panels.

“The government has managed to increase the rate of access to electricity to 38 percent in 2012, as compared to just 7 percent in 2004, and Mozambique is now above the average rate for sub-Saharan Africa, which stands at 30.5 percent,” Namburete said.

“Mozambique has large energy resources, in terms of hydroelectric potential, coal, natural gas, and renewable energy sources, with an installed capacity of 2,409 megawatts,” he said.

The minister, who was speaking during a recent parliamentary session for government question time, also said that the total cost of the programme to improve the quality of energy across the country was estimated at over US$2.7 billion, which each year is increased by US$12 million due to equipment being stolen or vandalised. (macauhub)