The Mozambican government today starts the construction of a 367-kilometre section of its comprehensive electricity infrastructure project in the centre of the country, ramping up the efforts of bringing electricity to its inhabitants, from north to south through high voltage transmission lines.
The connection will be part of the project that is also designated as the “backbone” of energy distribution in Mozambique.
The section to be launched will link the locality of Chimuara and the district of Alto-Molocué, in the province of Zambézia, and is budgeted at US$200M with financing coming from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The ceremony takes place today in Chimuara, a town located next to the Zambezi River.
The works mark the start of the first of three investment phases in the province of Zambézia, within the scope of the energy transport project between the north and south, known as Cesul.
Outside the province of Zambézia, Cesul also includes the transmission lines to be installed between Temane (province of Inhambane, southern region) and Maputo (south), with an extension of 563 kilometres and budgeted at US$530M.
The start of the works to the south is scheduled for November 2021.
Cesul also includes a section – which is already under construction – between Chibabava (Sofala province, central region) and Vilanculos (Inhambane province, southern region), with a length of 240 kilometres and estimated at US$35M.
In the province of Nampula, construction of several transmission lines integrated into the project is underway.
The Cesul project will be powered by several energy sources, mainly by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Plant (HCB) and thermal power plants.
The infrastructure in its entirety consists of the construction of 1,340 kilometres of alternating current line and 1,250 kilometres of direct current line, with a capacity to drain around 3,100 megawatts.
The construction of eight substations and the expansion of two others are also planned.
In 2014, the then Mozambican Government estimated the global cost of Cesul at US$1.5B.