Norway will provide 49 million kroner (USD 3.5 million) to help finance expansion of the Maputo Thermal Power Plant, said the project’s coordinator, João Manuel, cited by the Maputo-based daily Notícias.
Manuel made his comments as he and visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende toured the power station, where the expansion work will soon begin. The aim is to improve the quality of the energy produced and to increase output.
Contacts are currently under way with Germany and the European Development Bank with a view to obtaining funds to cover the remaining USD 6.6 million needed for the project, he added.
The newspaper reported that besides the Maputo Thermal Power Plant project, plans call for expanding distribution networks in the cities of Tete, Beira and Matola.
Brende began a visit to Mozambique on Sunday, accompanied by a business delegation representing the sectors of energy, finance and agriculture, whose members will take part in a forum dedicated to the theme of ‘Partners for Employment: how the public and private sectors can contribute to job creation’. (Macauhub)