Construction of the power transmission line from Caia, in Sofala province in central Mozambique to Nacala-a-Velha in Nampula will begin before the end of the year to meet the need to improve service quality in the north of the country, said the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.
Max Tonela, quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said that the transmission line to be built will be 400 kilovolts, which is larger than the current infrastructure that feeds the region, ensuring reliability and security of the power supply.
The current north-central transmission line from Tete to Nampula is 220 kilovolts and is operating at its load capacity limit, which affects the quality of electricity in the three provinces covered.
The Caia-Nacala line will be about 600 kilometres long, but according to the newspaper quoting sources from state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), there are only sufficient funds in place to execute the first phase, which goes to Alto Molócuè, in central Zambézia province.
The construction of the line to Zambézia, covering a distance of some 370 kilometres, has a financial allocation of US$200 million, pledged a number of years ago by the Islamic Development Bank