Mozambique’s state- owned electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) intends to light up the whole country by 2030, a project expected to cost over USD16 billion, chairman Mateus Magala said recently.
The project is part of a “sustainable development strategy, which is intended to provide electricity to around 300,000 families per year,” said the chairman of EdM, quoted by daily newspaper Folha de Maputo.
This year EdM plans to conclude the project to provide electricity to new districts in the provinces of Zambézia and Tete, created under the new administrative division.
Magala, who spoke on Sunday at a meeting in the central province of Zambézia, recalled that Mozambique has abundant natural resources that have yet to be explored, and that electricity is needed to allow projects that make use of these resources to move forward.
The chairman of EdM referred to planned or ongoing power generation projects, including the construction of the Mphanda Nkuwa and Cabora Bassa Norte dams and thermal power plants in Bengo, Moatize, Moamba, Kuvaninga and Ressano Garcia.
“Realistically, I think the Mphanda Nkuwa dam will be ready around 2019, with electricity produced there for both domestic consumption and export,” Magala said. MDT/Macauhub