The repair of the Centre/Northeast power transmission line stretching from Chimuara to Nampula, including the entire northern region of Mozambique, will cost more than US$4 million, said the Zambézia provincial government spokesman.
Boaventura Manhique, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said a few days ago that the funding will be used to replace metal towers destroyed by natural disasters that hit the province in January this year, compensation to the families covered by the route of the line as well as for paying for the work itself.
The current towers are made of wood and will be replaced by steel towers. This work is due to begin later this month, according to the spokesman, who added that funding was from the State Budget and the capital of state power company EdM.
The power stoppage in the provinces of Zambézia (Mocuba), Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa affected more than 350,000 customers, including many economic and social facilities such as hospitals, schools, water supply and other public services.
The work was awarded to Portuguese company Sociedade de Empreitadas e Trabalhos Hidráulicos (SETH) in late May of this year at a cost of 3.7 million euros, and the project’s specifications stipulate that the repair of the transmission line should be completed by 6 November.
The rains accompanied by strong winds, which occurred in January brought down 10 towers in the Mocuba district, over a distance of 5 kilometres, and the centre and north of the country remained without electricity for 27 days while provisional repairs were carried out. (macauhub/MZ)