EDM introduces power cuts due maintenance of two transformers expected to improve power distribution by late November

In Mozambique, the state-owned electricity company, EDM, has assured the Maputo City and Gaza residents that they will only have to put up with power cuts for one more month, while maintenance continues at the Matola sub-station.

Although power cuts are due to last until the end of November, EDM promises to keep them to a minimum, occurring only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Unlike previous power cuts, these have been announced to consumers in advance, which should help businesses minimise their losses, reports the Mozambique News Agency.

Faulty transformers

Two transformers from the Matola sub-station suffered major breakdowns during the course of 2015. One transformer broke down in March this year and the other in September when a lightning hit the sub-station.

According to EDM, to replace both transformers it could cost an estimated $2.43 million in total.

These planned power cuts will affect 14 areas in the central part of the capital, including downtown Maputo, four neighbourhoods in the adjoining city of Matola, Namaacha district, on the border with Swaziland, and several parts of Xai-Xai and Chokwe towns in Gaza.

EDM assigned a team of engineers to work on repairing the Matola sub-station for the past three works, assisted by technicians from Portugal, where the transformers were originally manufactured.

EDM spokesperson Luis Amado, told the local independent television station STV that it would take an additional five weeks to complete the repair work. The power company has hired an independent consultant to check the quality of the repairs.

Currently, only one of the transformers is being repaired and a new coil is being installed. EDM promises to repair the second transformer within the next six months.