Mozambican power company announces start of construction of Caia/Nacala transmission line

24 May 2017

Construction work on the Caia/Nacala power transmission line in Mozambique begins in 2018, a project intended to increase the reliability of the electricity consumed in the provinces of Zambézia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, state-owned electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) reported in a statement issued in Maputo.

Split into two phases, this project will start with the construction of the link between Caia in the province of Sofala and Mocuba, in Zambézia. Financing of US$200 million has already been secured under an agreement signed in 2015 with the Islamic Development Bank.

Electricidade de Moçambique reported that it is currently involved in raising an additional US$420 million to finance the second phase of the project, with potential partners being the African Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Export-Import Bank of China.

A part of Tete province and the whole of the provinces of Zambézia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa are supplied with electricity by the Centre/North line, with just a small disturbance affecting thousands of consumers located in those provinces.

One of the most serious incidents occurred in January 2015 when 12 pylons fell, causing a disruption in power supply throughout the northern region of the country for about a month.

Electricidade de Moçambique said in the statement that the Caia/Nacala power transmission line is of “extreme importance”, since it will ensure redundancy in the power system for the northern region of the country. (macauhub)