Maputo, Mozambique —ESI-AFRICA.COM — 20 February 2012 – The Mozambican government plans to build a new multi-million dollar power transmission line linking the central and northern regions of the country, according to national director for energy Pascoal Bacela.
Bacela told the Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias. that the new line was expected to link up Caia (in Sofala province) with Nampula and Nacala (in Nampula province), and that the other possibility was the Tete-Nampula-Nacala route. The project is currently in the pre-feasibility study stage.
Bacela pointed out that the Central-North project was an alternative to another failed project which had been intended to link Mozambique and Malawi, providing electricity to Mozambique and linking Malawi to the Southern Africa power grid.
The Mozambique-Malawi project involved the construction of a 135km transmission line and the expansion of a sub-station in Mozambique, as well as 75km of transmission line and a new sub-station in Malawi.
“We are happy that as a country that we can count on our big hydroelectric potential and resources such as coal, hydrocarbons and natural gas, which make it possible for us to produce conventional and renewable energy. This provides the country with better conditions for the existence of an energy sector that can respond in a safe, effective and long-lasting way to the demands of economic and social development,” Bacela added.
The Mozambican government recently launched the Cesul (Central-South) power transmission project, costing an estimated US$1.8 billion, which is designed to provide the backbone of the country’s high voltage power transmission grid.