Mozambican state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) has linked the district capitals of Mecula and Majune in Niassa province to the national power grid, reducing the number of districts in Niassa that are not linked to the grid to five out of a total 15, the company said.
According to a statement cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, by the end of 2013 EdM planned to link up four more districts in the province to the national grid, and final work is now underway to link up three of these.
Work carried out by Mozambique Power Industry is expected to cost 123 million meticals (US$4 million) and involves construction of 152 kilometres of medium voltage cables, 20 kilometres of low voltage cables as well as installing 12 transformers.
Electrification of the district capital of Majune cost US$25 million, which were funded by the Indian Export Import Bank and included construction of 500 kilometres of medium voltage cable, 20 kilometres of low voltage cable and 21 transformers.
These two projects will supply electricity to around 1,000 customers in Mecula and 3,000 in Majune.
As well as electricity from the national grid, Mecula district will soon have access to power produced by a solar energy plant owned by the National Energy Fund. (macauhub)