Mozambique: Nyusi Lays Foundation Stone for Zambezia Power Line

Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi laid on Thursday the foundation stone for the construction of an electricity substation and a 366 kilometre high voltage power line, running across the central province of Zambezia from Chimuara to Alto Molocue.

The project, budgeted at 150 million US dollars, sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), will be concluded by 2022 and the construction phase will create 1,200 jobs.

Addressing the ceremony, Nyusi said electrification is among government’s foremost priorities, hence Mozambique has witnessed the launch of groundbreaking work for the line that is the “backbone” of the power grid that will transport 400 kilovolts of power.

“The project will increase reliability in access to electricity in Quelimane, Chimuara, Mopeia, Morrumbala, Nicoadala, Mocuba, Alto Molocue and other localities across the province,” Nyusi said.

Southwards, in the neighbouring province of Sofala, the electricity project will improve the reliability of the power supply in the districts of Caia and Marromeu, and other places in the north of the province.

Nyusi added that the project will, in the mid-term, establish the interconnection between the Mozambican power grid and Tanzania, and by the second half of the current year construction work to interconnect the Mozambican and Malawian grids will begin.

Nyusi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to electrify all the administrative posts across the country, in the framework of the programme “Energy for All”. “As we take electricity to each and every household, we are meeting the goal posed by Agenda 2030 which challenges governments to provide electricity to all, over the next 10 years”, he said.