Maputo, Mozambique — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 17 November 2011 – Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company EDM has invested about US$90 million over the past five years in a comprehensive expansion and upgrade of the electricity infrastructure in the country’s capital city.
According to an EDM press release, this has resulted in an extra 440km of low voltage and 135km of medium voltage transmission lines. The number of Maputo households benefitting from electricity in their homes has almost tripled in this period, rising from 90,000 to 236,000.
EDM claims that access to electricity in the city is now at almost 90% of the population.
Furthermore, from 2006 to 2011, another 273 transformer posts were installed in Maputo, resulting in a significant improvement in the quality of the electricity supplied.
Entire neighbourhoods that had no electricity in the past are now linked to the national grid, including Unguane which is on Inhaca island. Public lighting has also been dramatically improved. The number of street lamps in Maputo has risen from 8,500 in 2005 to 23,800 in 2011.
For 2012, EDM has set itself the target of raising access to electricity to almost 100% of households in all Maputo city neighbourhoods.
As of mid-November, in the entire country there were 921,704 households linked to the national grid, which is about 18%the Mozambican population. The Maputo city figure of 236,000 households accounts for 27% of the national total.