The Swedish government has put forward €4M to Mozambique’s power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) for the expansion of energy in the district of Vilanculos, in the province of Inhambane, in the south of the country, the Swedish embassy announced yesterday.
With Sweden’s contribution, “more than 100,000 families will have access to clean and reliable energy” in that southern district of Mozambique, the embassy wrote in a press release.
“A stable, secure electricity infrastructure, less vulnerable to climate change-related disasters is crucial for the electrification of Vilanculos and this additional support from Sweden will help in that regard,” said Mette Sunnergren, Swedish ambassador to Mozambique, quoted in the note.
According to the embassy, this is additional support, totaling €37M already provided by Sweden for the electrification of Vilanculos.
The new amount will be used to rehabilitate 14 kilometers of power line damaged by Cyclone Idai, which struck the country in 2019, causing loss of EDM revenue and consequent delay in the process of strengthening and expanding energy.
“Through this additional funding, the number of new connections will increase from the current 6,750 to 10,000 connections, mostly in Vilanculos,” the document concluded.
According to the latest data from EDM, electricity reaches 40% of the Mozambican population, with 36% coming from the national grid and around 4% from alternative sources.