Mozambican power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has already raised 170 million meticais (US$2.5 million) to build a definitive power transmission line on the Messalo river, in Cabo Delgado province, north of the country, said the chief executive of the state company.
The line will be 5 kilometres long and will replace the temporary one that replaced an earlier one destroyed in January of this year, due to the increase of the Messalo river basin.
After an electricity pylon fell at the beginning of the year, five districts in the far north of the province of Cabo Delgado, specifically Muidumbe, Nangade Mueda, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma, had their electricity supply affected.
Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported that funds for the construction of the new line were announced by the chief executive of EDM, Aly Sicola, during a recent visit to the northern province of Nampula with the aim of supervising the expansion of the national grid to the districts.
“We already have the funds, and are now waiting for the rains to stop so that it is possible to start construction work,” said Sicola on the occasion.
Sicola also announced that in order to solve the problem of poor quality of energy in the city of Nacala, in Nampula province, there are already two initiatives underway, one of them being the construction of a gas/fired plant that is currently under negotiation with partners.
The second involves the construction of a solar plant which, according to the CEO, is a project which, if the negotiations go ahead, will be quickly built.
“At the moment, in Nacala we have a deficit of 180 megawatts of power, which means that we are not able to supply more consumers, especially the industrial units. A new 200-megawatts will allow us to cover the existing deficit and supply more customers,” he said.