Mozambican state-owned power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) will complete the electrification of the remaining four districts that are not connected to the national electricity grid by 2018, three in Zambezia province and the other in Tete, said EdM’s deputy commercial director.
Sara Mpoa also told Maputo newspaper Notícias that the electrification of those districts – Mulevala, Luabo and Derre, in the province of Zambézia and Doa in Tete – will cost US$18 million, an amount that will be guaranteed by the central government.
Electricidade de Moçambique is currently developing the project for Maputo’s natural gas combined cycle thermoelectric plant, which is expected to produce 106 megawatts of power to meet the constant growth in demand for electricity in the city and province of Maputo.
The project, which will improve the quality and reliability of the electricity supply in the region, is funded by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and by EdM itself, with US$167 million and US$13 million, respectively.
In the central region of the country, the project for construction of a 220KV transmission line between Chibata and Dondo, an enterprise financed by the Mozambican government and the African Development Bank, is underway for a total of US$14.4 million and is due to be concluded in November of this year.
Mpoa added that construction of the 11 kV Cuamba/Marrupa transmission line is about to begin, which will extend the national electricity grid to administrative posts in the provinces of Niassa and Cabo Delgado, a project estimated to cost US$54.5 million.