India finances electricity project in Mozambican capital

19 February 2013

An electrification project in the region of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, expected to cost US$250 million is due to begin this year and will be funded by the Indian government, state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) said Monday.

The chairman of EdM, Augusto de Sousa Fernando, said that the project’s tender document was currently being drafted, which would be followed by the launch of the tender itself in order to select a contractor.

“Our idea is to start the project next June and for the work to be carried out by 2016,” said Sousa Fernando cited by Mozambican news agency AIM.

Augusto Fernando said that the project would help to meet the electricity needs of the capital’s region, but that the rest of the country also needed attention, particularly in the north and especially in the Nacala region, which in 2012 saw a 26 percent increase in energy consumption.

“Along with these projects it is necessary to build more plants, as it is not enough to have distribution grids and transmission lines without plants,” he added noting that this type of investment would help meet the growing needs of electricity consumption.

Mozambique’s current rate of access to electricity is 23 percent and last year EdM linked up 130,000 new customers to the country’s power grid. (macauhub)

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